Living in a snow state typically leads to shopping for certain types of cars and SUVs, particularly those with all-wheel drive. Sure, you can typically get away with a front-wheel-drive car or SUV, depending on how hard your state typically gets hit with snowfall, however, rear-wheel-drive vehicles usually not recommended.
When living in these states, an SUV is typically the preferred choice of body style, however, sedans can be just as useful when having to traverse icy terrain. In case you’re in the market for an all-wheel-drive sedan and need a little help narrowing down your options, here are five choices that we would recommend.
2020 Subaru Impreza
Starting MSRP: $19,595 (Including Destination)
It should come as no surprise that the Subaru Impreza is on this list. With its renowned Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and a low starting price to boot, we think that the Subaru Impreza would be a great addition to anyone’s shopping list. To complement its stellar road-gripping ability, the Impreza is also available with Subaru’s Eyesight Driver Assist Technology to help keep the car in its lane and at a safe distance from other cars when cruising.
Additionally, the Impreza is available in two different body styles (sedan or hatchback) and returns great fuel economy figures, achieving 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.
2020 Mazda 3 AWD
Starting MSRP: $24,920 (Including Destination)
The new redesign of the Mazda 3 brought about beautiful styling changes, new technology, and most importantly, an option for all-wheel drive. If you’re looking to drive something with a bold and futuristic look, then the Mazda 3 is sure to keep you satiated with its sleek styling thanks to Mazda’s latest iteration of the Kodo design language. Looks aside, we picked the Mazda 3 for its sporty driving dynamics and road handling capabilities on wet and dry pavement.
2020 Ford Fusion
MSRP: $28,085 (SE trim including destination and AWD)
The Ford Fusion does come in at a higher price point, but that’s because you have to opt for the higher SE trim level with the upgraded 1.5-liter EcoBoost engine to get the all-wheel-drive option. We like the Ford Fusion for its host of easy-to-use in-cabin technologies including the Sync 3 infotainment system.
2019 Nissan Altima
MSRP: $26,375 (including destination and AWD)
With Nissan’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which constantly monitors road conditions, the Nissan Altima is able to drive with all four wheels for maximum traction, or just two when cruising for fuel economy. Couple this dynamic driving ability with the list of standard safety features, including Intelligent Forward Collision Braking and Automatic Emergency Braking, and the Nissan Altima would be a great contender to add to your shopping list.
2020 Audi A4
MSRP: $41,895 (including destination and AWD)
The Audi A4 is a wild card entry on this list, but we decided to include it for anyone looking for a sedan in a higher category. For 2020, the Audi A4 has been refreshed with more aggressive front and rear end, a new touchscreen set up inside, and a new color choice. It goes without saying, but we can’t recommend Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system enough when it comes to driving in the snow.
Which one is best for you?
As usual, we always recommend picking the car that’s right for your needs and your budget. Car shopping can be daunting, especially if you live in a snow state and need to worry about having the right amount of traction or tires during the snowy months. Rest assured, if you’re looking for a suitable car that will get you to where you need to go safely, then any of the cars on this list should fit the bill.