The 2013 Top 10 SUV’s to tough the Winter Weather
According to the Farmer’s Almanac this years winter will be hitting the east coast pretty hard. With that said, if you are considering a new vehicle why not consider one that handles great in snow, ice, blizzards and everything in between. Just because the ground is beginning to dry up does not mean the next storm isn’t brewing and planning to put a damper on your travel plans. You will find yourself much more prepared for any inclement weather if you consider one of the options below. Here is our list of the Top 10 SUV’s from 2013 to tough out the Winter Weather.
2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the undeniable top choice of a vehicle to tough out the most treacherous of winter weather. Built strong with a Uni-Frame and ultra-high-strength steel this Jeep is designed to provide a stable and quietly luxurious ride. The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes standard with 45 safety and security features. Unique to this vehicle are the three 4WD systems that you can choose from. Also included is Hill Descent Control which is great for not just snow but, sand, mud, and rock. The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee starts at $27,695 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 17 city and 23 highway.
2013 Subaru Outback
While the 2013 Subaru Outback may not seem the obvious choice for travel in poor weather it has shown to be superior to its competitors and even surpasses many of the larger chunky SUVs. Offering 8.7 inches of ground clearance and a standard all-wheel drive system the Subaru Outback can make it’s way through dirt roads and snowed-in streets with confidence. New to the Outback is the EyeSight system, which essentially uses two windshield-mounted cameras to operate the adaptive cruise control. This system can also alert the driver if the vehicle wanders out of its lane and apply breaking to avoid or minimize a collision. The 2.5i Premium model offers an available All-Weather package that comes with heated front seats, heated mirrors and a windshield wiper de-icer. The 2013 Subaru Outback starts at $23,495 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 24 city and 30 highway.
2013 BMW X5
For 2013 the BMW X5 is fully prepared for all weather conditions. Every 2013 BMW X5 comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, automatic brake drying, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and adaptive brake lights. The adaptive brake lights flash the taillights during extreme braking as a warning to trailing motorists. An available Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, and headlight washers. The X5’s all-wheel drive, traction control, and inherent stability make this a great vehicle for those looking for a vehicle with enhanced safety features. The 2013 BMW X5 starts at $47,500 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 16 city and 23 highway.
2013 Volvo XC60
The 2013 Volvo XC60 is one of the few vehicles to earn a perfect five stars in the government’s recently revamped crash tests. Every 2013 XC60 comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and whiplash-preventing front seats. Also standard is City Safety, which can mitigate or avoid a low-speed frontal impact by applying the vehicle’s brakes without driver intervention. Optional packages include the Climate package, which adds heated windshield washer nozzles, heated front and rear seats and an interior air quality sensor. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, a collision warning and active brake system, a distance alert system, a driver attention warning system, a lane-departure warning system and a Road Sign Information display. The XC60 has 9.1 inches of ground clearance and a Haldex all-wheel drive system, the XC60 has all the bells and whistles to navigate through deep snow, or even through a mud. The 2013 Volvo XC60 starts at $34,350 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 19 city and 25 highway.
2013 Chevrolet Tahoe
The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe comes fully ready for all weather with a rugged 4-wheel drive system and has a comfortable cabin that can seat up to nine passengers. Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. In government crash safety tests, the Tahoe earned an overall rating of four stars (out of five), with five stars for overall frontal-impact crash protection and five stars for overall side-impact crash protection. The 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe starts at $39,830 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 15 city and 21 highway.
2013 Ford Explorer
For power, the 2013 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 290-horsepower V6. It’s what most buyers go with, but Ford also offers a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine as an option. Oddly, you have to pay more to get the four-cylinder Also, the Explorer’s available Terrain Management, a selectable four-mode all-wheel-drive system, takes some of the guesswork out of properly operating a four-wheel-drive system. Hill descent control and hill start assist are also included standard with stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a front passenger knee airbag and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume. In government crash tests, the 2013 Explorer received five out of five stars for overall crash protection, with five stars for overall frontal protection and five stars for overall side protection. The 2013 Ford Explorer starts at $29,135 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 18 city and 25 highway.
2013 Lexus RX 350
The 2013 Lexus RX350 comes with useful features like Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) which uses brake pressure to help prevent the vehicle from moving backward when starting out on an incline. Smart Stop Technology will automatically reduce engine power when the brake pedal and the accelerator pedal are simultaneously applied under certain driving conditions. The SNOW mode slows the accelerator-pedal response to help reduce the possibility of wheel spin. Also available is an optional Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Dynamic Radar Cruise Control which is essentially an adaptive cruise control which can pre-set a following distance from a vehicle traveling directly ahead. The 2013 Lexus RX350 starts at $39,310 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 18 city and 25 highway.
2013 Honda CR-V
The 2013 Honda CR-V’s standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. All CR-V models also come with a back-up camera. The 2013 CR-V earned a perfect five stars for overall protection in government crash tests, scoring five stars for both frontal- and side-impact protection. The CR-V is also available with an SMS text messaging function that allows you to listen to incoming text messages via the audio system and reply with one of six preset responses. The CR-V is a reliable vehicle that can handle snow and mud just as efficiently as a Sunday drive around the block. The 2013 Honda CR-V starts at $22,795 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 23 city and 31 highway.
2013 Volkswagen Touareg
Every 2013 Volkswagen Touareg comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, hill-hold assist, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Touareg earned a top score of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. All Touareg models use an 8-speed automatic transmission and VW’s 4Motion full-time AWD. The 2013 Volkswagen Touareg starts at $43,325 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 17 city and 23 highway.
2013 Acura MDX
The 2013 Acura MDX is equipped with its unique Super Handling – All Wheel Drive system which is designed to enhance high-performance dry-road handling while providing the same all-weather advantages of conventional all-wheel drive. Standard safety equipment for the 2013 Acura MDX includes antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and stability control with a stabilizing feature for trailer towing. In government crash testing, the MDX received four out of five possible stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for frontal impact safety and five stars for side crash protection. The 2013 Acura MDX starts at $43,280 and offers an EPA estimated mpg of 16 city and 21 highway.
Is your vehicle winter ready?
If you are in the market for a winter ready SUV and your current vehicle isn’t going to cut it, try http://MileOne.com for a list of the 10 manufacturers listed above and the nearest dealership location to you. Where sidewalk salt and shovels abound, your time to hop on those post Holiday savings may not. With 2013 here, now is the best time to check out the latest offerings and get yourself ready for the winter weather ahead.