In particular, we think the Crosstrek hatchback is a good all-around package for winter driving. Since engines have to work harder, they burn more fuel. The ride is stable and comfortable, and buyers can add optional all-wheel drive. Winter tires are even better. The charging infrastructure has come a long way over the past few years, but it can still be as big of an obstacle as the weather. Those who own a sporty car equipped with low-profile performance tires, should switch to all-season rubber for the winter. Good for: Good traction in most driving situations.
The key is to be gentle with your inputs. There is a litany of things we can do to make driving in winter weather a better experience such as more cautious driving style or even a set of proper winter tires. Test drivers spend extensive time behind the wheel of the vehicles, conducting real-world testing, driving them on highways, back roads, as well as off-road and race tracks when applicable. Having power to four wheels rather than two sounds like it would help the car handle, which is why you see those ads that infuriate me. It was still getting a paltry 18 miles per gallon and still firmly believed a 4.
Indeed, many drivers have problems with rear-drive vehicles in the snow because the cars they've chosen just aren't designed for snowy weather. In addition, extra attention was given to vehicles equipped with mechanical locking differentials or advanced electronic differentials that can redistribute engine power in an efficient and effective manner. Other vehicles made the list for their robust off-road and winter weather capabilities like the pseudo-military Mercedes-Benz G-Class and Toyota Land Cruiser. It sports a 3-liter 6-cylinder turbocharged engine which produces a powerful 300 hp. A prominent feature of this car is 'Collision Warning with Auto Brake' which warns the driver of any potential collision and automatically hits the brakes if the driver does not respond in due time.
To that end, a growing number of rear-drive models now offer optional all-wheel drive systems to help make them more accommodating winter vehicles. That said, there are a whole lot of folks out there who believe that all-wheel drive, headlight de-icers and seat warmers make a big difference in winter driving. Lightly apply the accelerator and when the wheels start gripping again, gently and slowly maneuver the car back on course. The folks at the winter driving school at Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center in Houghton, Mich. If you want an inexpensive vehicle that can handle the worst of a rough winter but can also help you make the most of the summer, the Renegade is a good choice. Safety is not at all a worry if it's a Volvo. Weight Problem The biggest problem with rear-drive cars in snowy weather is one of weight.
Front-wheel-drive doesn't perform so well on steep uphill roads in the snow in comparison to well-balanced rear-wheel-drive vehicles because on steep uphills, much of the vehicle's weight is shifted to the rear downhill wheels. It has got an all wheel drive functionality as a standard. Rear-wheel drive is also the preferred setup for sports cars and high-performance sedans because of its contribution to ideal weight distribution, which aids in handling. Jennifer Geiger, news editor A few commonsense tips go a long way here and managed to save my bacon! For the best all-weather capability, go for the Cross Country model. Rear-drive cars tend to spin out in snowy or icy conditions.
Unfortunately, front-drive vehicles tend not to fare well when fitted with larger-displacement engines because of the phenomenon known as torque steer, which tends to pull a front-drive vehicle to one side under heavy acceleration. The drive wheels struggle for traction because they don't have as much weight on top of them. Note that these safety features are in addition to those found in other cars. And even if you reside where the climate is more temperate during the daylight-deprived months of the year, you still might want to take heed, as all 50 states receive some measure of snow in a typical year — with many areas ill-prepared to handle so much as a light dusting. Robby DeGraff, former associate editor I drove a rear-wheel-drive in the snow every day back in high school.
Always slow down as the weather worsens. Of all of the stories about folks in red braving the snow around the holiday season, that bit about a Ferrari tooling around the Rock Salt Belt in a set of Blizzaks may be the least believable: 5. In this situation, a driver turns the wheel during acceleration, and the car's rear wheels start to push it into a difficult spin. Front-wheel-drive can also sometimes be more challenging on steep downhills in the snow because so much of the vehicle's weight is now shifted to the front downhill wheels, leaving very little to keep the rear wheels in place; the rear of the car can very easily pass the front of the car in such a situation. Most performance cars also have low ground clearance -- not good for the snow -- and lots of power, which makes them hard to manage in low-traction situations.
Torque vectoring channels power side-to-side, helping to turn the car into corners. We focus on safety and maintenance issues with regard to your home, auto, apartment, motorcycle, boat, small business, finances and more. Share on Facebook Tweet this Share The Subaru Crosstrek needs to be be at the top of your shopping list if you regularly drive through a blizzard. The result is that rear-drive cars sometimes spin their tires at times when front-drive vehicles wouldn't have any issues. Specifically, it says the Northeast, central Great Lakes, central Plains, Intermountain region, and the area from eastern Tennessee through New Mexico are anticipated to receive heavier-than-normal amounts of snow.