With Asheville being so close to the Blue Ridge Mountains, there’s always a chance for you to experience wintry weather. Having a vehicle equipped with all wheel drive (abbreviated as AWD) is a big plus. Although trucks and SUVs are typically recommended for snowy conditions, some cars can also handle the job. Here are five cars that perform well in the snow.
Dodge Charger GT
Long known as one of the most exciting muscle cars ever, the Dodge Charger was never a good winter vehicle. Its rear-wheel-drive platform resulted in poor traction during icy weather. However, Dodge now offers the Charger GT. Standard all-wheel drive makes it one of the best cars for traveling on snow-packed streets.
Although the Charger GT isn’t available with a traditional V8 engine, it still packs enough performance. Dodge tunes the sedan’s V6 engine to push out a competitive 300 horsepower. A sports-tuned suspension also enables the Charger GT to dance around curves.
The Nissan Altima has always been one of the best-selling family cars in America. With the arrival of an optional all-wheel-drive system, this sedan has become even more appealing. You won’t find this traction-enhancing feature on cars like the Honda Accord.
While Nissan’s more powerful turbocharged engine isn’t offered on the AWD-equipped Altima, its standard four-cylinder engine is strong and efficient. Because the Altima’s system AWD system is only part-time, you’re able to save fuel. The sedan tops out at 36 mpg, which means it favorably compares to cars without all-wheel drive.
Volvo V90 Cross Country
If you desire a more luxurious ride, check out the Volvo V90 Cross Country. Not only does this Swedish wagon provide lots of passenger and cargo room, but it also comes ready for the snow. It’s one of the few cars that are a legitimate alternative to an SUV. Standard all-wheel drive and extra ground clearance help the V60 Cross Country to conquer an unexpected blizzard.
On the road, the Volvo V60 Cross Country impresses with its balanced handling. There’s also a lot of muscle under the hood. Volvo tunes the Cross Country’s advanced engine to develop a healthy 316 horsepower. You’ll have no trouble surging pass slow-moving cars on the interstate.
Subaru has a reputation for building great winter cars. If you’re looking for a fun car that’s easy on the wallet, consider getting a Subaru Impreza. Unlike other compact cars, it comes standard with Subaru’s renowned Symmetrical AWD system.
Under the hood rests a “Boxer” four-cylinder engine. This engine’s unique design allows it to sit lower to the ground, thus enhances the Impreza’s athletic handling. Strong fuel economy also makes the Impreza great for daily commuting.
BMW 3 Series
In terms of driving excitement, the BMW 3 Series ranks among today’s best small sports sedans. Superior performance capabilities make the 3 Series hard to beat. BMW’s outstanding xDrive AWD system gives the 3 Series yet another edge over the other cars in the segment. You’ll be able to have fun throughout the year.
Although you can get the 3 Series with a twin-turbo V6 engine, its base turbo four-cylinder engine is strong enough for you to embarrass most cars. BMW has a history of underrating the output of its engines. Although the 3 Series is listed to develop 255 horsepower, there’s no overlooking its extra kick. You can hit 60 mph in around 5.5 seconds.