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Old 03-23-2013, 11:15 PM
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Best car for driving in ice and snow?

Due to some amazing life changes (and a series of unfortunate events) my husband and I are preparing to move our family from NYC to a suburb of Boston in the next couple of months or so. We are doing all the things you do to get ready to move (job interviews, acquiring boxes for packing, etc.) but one of the big things we are going to have to do is buy a car.

The last time I owned a car was 7 years ago and that was in Dallas. A car's ability to handle ice and snow was about as important as whether or not it could double as a submarine so I'm not tons of familiar with how a car handles inclement weather. I've done some research on what cars are best for icy/snowy weather but the lists I've found have all talked about BMWs, Audis, and other very pricy vehicles as the best cold weather choices and we really don't want to spend that kind of money for a car. The most affordable cars we've found reviewed as good winter vehicles are the Subaru Outback and the Ford Edge. I've driven the Outback and it was okay, though nothing special, and I've never driven a Ford at all, let alone the Edge specifically.

By the time we get around to test driving and buying a vehicle it is going to be spring weather without an hint of ice or snow on the ground. I don't want to test drive something and buy it only to find out 6 months from now that it doesn't really function well on the ice. At the same time, I'm also afraid that a car salesman is going to tell me all about how awesome a car functions on the ice only to discover that the car itself doesn't matter much as long as you have the right tires or something. I'd hate to go in demanding a Subaru Outback or other specific vehicle when we could have purchased a car that is $8,000 cheaper and just put winter tires on it instead.

Before we set foot on a car lot I thought I would check here and ask if anyone has any recommendations for a car that handles winter weather well or if people can tell us if we are concerned about something that doesn't really matter at all. For those of you who currently live in snowy areas, what car do you drive and how does it handle the ice and snow? What car would you recommend for someone living in a cold weather area?


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