The Best New Cars for Winter Driving

December 28, 2019 Cars By

Like they used to say on HBO: Winter is coming. Actually, if you’re reading this in some parts of America, it’s already here — before you even got around to covering your lawn furniture and raking up the rest of your leaves.

Don’t let winter get the best of you on the roads this year. Here are five excellent cars to own when the temp drops below 32 degrees and the falling white stuff becomes a nuisance.

Jeep Wrangler


Most days of the year, the Wrangler isn’t the most comfortable or efficient mode of transportation. But when the weather outside gets frightful in winter, owning one makes you look like an absolute genius. Whether powered by gasoline or diesel, the Wrangler will get you and your loved ones home in anything short of an apocalypse.

Toyota 4Runner


The 4Runner has similar advantages to the Wrangler, with capable four-wheel-drive systems and plenty of ground clearance. But it also has more room to hold winter gear, more capacity to tow winter toys — and that famed Toyota build quality.

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class is the S-Class of SUVs — or the G-Class for the self-conscious and self-aware. Enjoy the serene luxury interior while the adjustable suspension and suite of Mercedes tech help you navigate your way home through the blizzard

Subaru Outback


Yes, this Subie has landed on another “best car for whatever” list. The all-new Outback offers a potent combination of Subaru’s trademark all-wheel-drive, plentiful ground clearance and ample cargo space for all of your winter requirements. If snow gets too extreme for the Outback, you’re being told to clear the road for plows and emergency vehicles.

Subaru WRX


The WRX has rally car roots. With Subaru’s all-wheel-drive, it’s built for finding solid traction and having a great time on snow and ice. Just be sure to get winter tires and resist the urge to go full Scandinavian flick on public roads.

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Tyler Duffy

Tyler Duffy is Gear Patrol's Motoring Staff Writer. He used to write about sports for The Big Lead and The Athletic. He has a black belt in toddler wrangling. He's based outside Detroit.

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