Top Three Used SUVs for Winter Driving

September 9th, 2015 by

Even though it’s technically still summer outside and you’re in flip flops and shorts, it’s never too early to start considering that winter is on its way and you’re going to need to be prepared.

If you’ve been noticing that winters in the Northeast have experienced quite a bit more snowfall than average, then you’ll realize that not only is it time to trade in your compact car for an SUV but it’s also the time to start saving for it.

Sure, you can put winter tires on anything, but only SUV’s are going to be able to deliver power and control to get you through some of the intense storms and snowfalls we’ve seen over the last couple years and are sure to get more of.  

Let’s take a look at some of the top rated SUVs so when you’re at Lexington used car dealers, you’ll already know what you’re looking for.  

Nissan Xterra

xterra snowWhile Nissan Xterras are just as fun to drive in the summer as they are in the winter, this smaller SUV happens to be perfect when dashing through the snow.

If you can get your mitts on an 2014 Xterra Pro 4X model it will be equipped with standard electronic locking rear differential, hill start assist and hill descent control, Bilstein shocks, skid plates and larger tires.  The Xterra Pro 4X also has an impressive ground clearance which is perfect when traveling through deep snow.  

Jeep Grand Cherokee

jeepgrandcherokeesnowBest pick for midsize SUV’s, a newly used Jeep Cherokees comes available in three four wheel drive options that will help navigate you through the toughest winters.  

All four wheel drive Grand Cherokee models come with Jeeps Selection Terrain System which maximizes traction with driver-selection settings that include auto (normal), snow, sport, sand/mud and rock. Made with adjustable air suspension which allows the Grand Cherokee to be raised 3.8 inches higher is perfect when snow conditions are deep.  

Honorable Mention: Jeep Wrangler.  Offering locking front and rear wheel differentials, off road tire suspensions along with a slew of aftermarket goodies to improve your time spent outside all winter long, because when you own a Jeep, there’s no such thing as ‘inside season’.  Just remember to switch out for your hard top.  

Land Rover Range Rover

white land roveWhen seeking the best in large SUV’s best for winter coverage, seek no further than Land Rover.  Four wheel drive and various suspension components make handling snow bound days possible.  

Land Rover’s Terrain Response system, which comes standard in all Land Rovers, but in higher trims detects which drive mode would be best given the road condition and switches automatically. Further, why would you ever want to show up to your ski cabin in anything but a Land Rover?