If you’re native to Michigan, Indiana, or the Midwest in general, you know how harsh the changing seasons can be on a vehicle, especially when temperatures frequently jump from 43ºF to 83ºF and back down again in the course of a few days. Everyone who deals with these kinds of harsh weather changes has a similar question when it comes to vehicles — which vehicle will serve me best whether I’m dealing with ice, snow, rain, or sunshine? We’ve put together a list of some of the top all-wheel drive vehicles we have on the lot right now, so you can get an idea of what type of vehicle could be right for you. Take a look!
*Our vehicles don’t stick around for very long, if you notice that some of our picks are no longer available and want to explore our AWD vehicles yourself, you can browse them here.
When it comes to 4-season vehicles, SUV’s are hard to beat. They have plenty of trunk space for both winter and summer outings and enough cabin room to transport a family of five. Being a compact SUV, the Chevrolet Equinox is a little less spacious than traditional SUV’s, but it has some amazing features that we believe make it perfect for travel all year round.
First up, its mileage. The Equinox gets 16-21 MPG’s in the city and 23-31 on the highway, making it very fuel efficient for its size. Second, the car’s safety rating will put you at ease even in the midst of a flash snow storm. U.S. News gave the car a 9.3 safety rating and for good reason: the Equinox comes with brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, and of course, child safety locks. Last up, we like the general comfort this car provides. Back-up camera, satellite radio, auxiliary audio input, navigation from Telematics—these are just a few of the features built into the Equinox. Overall, we think this car is fantastic for anyone living in an area where 4-season weather can occur over the course of a week.
Next up on the list, we have another SUV, the Ford Edge. Being a Mid-sized SUV, this vehicle is a little more spacious than the Equinox and is often described as roomy. We like the Edge for its responsive handling and consequently, it’s maneuverability. In Michigan and Indiana, we know that 4-season weather often leads to devastating potholes and other road obstructions, but with the responsiveness of the Ford Edge, you’ll be able to dodge anything the road throws at you. In addition to this fantastic feature, we see another high safety rating with the Edge—9.4.
Other features you might enjoy include:
- Onboard Hand-Free Communication System
- Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
- Keyless Start
- Steering Wheel Controls
- Trip Computer
- Smart Device Integration
Chrysler 300S Glacier
If you’re looking for something a little smaller that comes with some flair, the Glacier might be for you. This sleek Sedan is bound to draw eyes with its Glacier Blue Pearl paint job and black interior, but it does more than just attract the eye. Like all of the vehicles on this list, the Glacier comes with All Wheel Drive, but it also has:
- Rain Brake Support
- Ready Alert Braking
- Hill Start Assist
- Outside Temperature Display
- Heated Front Seats
These features make the Glacier a fantastic all-season buy for anyone who wants a car that looks great and comes with features to keep it that way.
Jumping back to our SUV’s, next up we have the Kia Sportage LX. Unlike our other SUV’s, the Sportage was built less for space and more for… performance. The Kia Sportage comes with a powerful turbocharged engine and athletic handling, giving it the ability to power through almost anything. While you do sacrifice some driving comfort for these features, the Sportage more than makes up for it with its other features.
- Electronic Stability Control
- ABS and Drive Line Traction Control
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Side Impact Beams
- Sirius Satellite Radio
- USB and Auxiliary Input Jacks
- Brake Assist
- Hill Descent Control
- Hill Hold Control
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
We thought we’d end our list with another great Sedan to even things out a bit. The Ford Taurus on our lot only has 90,000 miles on it, making it perfect for anyone looking for a long-term all-season vehicle. For its class, the Taurus is spacious, making it a great car for those who prefer a smaller vehicle, but still want a sizable cabin. It also provides a rather smooth and balanced ride, turning would-be bumpy experiences into peaceful journeys. Other fantastic features include:
- Programmable Speed Alert Chimes
- SOS Post-Crash Alert System
- Rear View Camera
- Dual-Stage Front Air Bags with Front Passenger Sensing System
- Blutooth Capability
- Voice-Activated Communication and Entertainment System
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