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Survey Rates SUV and Wagon Performance in Snow

Readers' ratings show how AWD systems compare

Published: September 29, 2015 11:00 AM

Our 2015 auto survey asked subscribers to rate their vehicles’ performance in snowy conditions. The results revealed that some AWD and 4WD systems are better than others.

Sixty-nine to 92 percent of owners thought their 4WD and AWD SUVs and wagons were “very good” at snow performance.

Below, SUVs and wagons are ranked for winter driving based on 47,982 subscriber ratings. All respondents had driven their vehicles without changing to winter tires on at least six snowy days during the winter of 2014-2015. The rankings are based on 2012 to 2015 models that have at least two model years’ worth of data.  

Read our complete report on "Do You Really Need AWD in the Snow?"


Snow traction (best listed first)

Rank                Make & model

1.                      Subaru Outback

2.                      Subaru XV Crosstrek

3.                      Subaru Forester

4.                      Audi Q5

5.                      Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon XL

6.                      Jeep Wrangler

7.                      Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon

8.                      Jeep Grand Cherokee

9.                      Toyota 4Runner

10.                    Ford Expedition

11.                    Volvo XC60

12.                    Ford Edge

13.                    Volkswagen Touareg

14.                    Buick Enclave

15.                    Lexus RX

16.                    Toyota Sequoia

17.                    Volvo XC70

18.                    Acura MDX

19.                    Lincoln MKX

20.                    Jeep Cherokee

21.                    Dodge Durango

22.                    Mercedes-Benz M-Class

23.                    Chevrolet Traverse/GMC Acadia

24.                    BMW X3

25.                    BMW X5

26.                    Ford Explorer

27.                    BMW X1

28.                    Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

29.                    Honda Pilot

30.                    Chevrolet Equinox/GMC Terrain

31.                    Toyota Highlander

32.                    Toyota Venza

33.                    Ford Escape

34.                    Mercedes-Benz GL-Class

35.                    Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

36.                    Toyota RAV4

37.                    Buick Encore

38.                    Honda Crosstour

39.                    Hyundai Santa Fe

40.                    Volkswagen Tiguan

41.                    Honda CR-V

42.                    Ford Flex

43.                    Nissan Murano

44.                    Mazda CX-5

45.                    Mazda CX-9

46.                    Cadillac SRX

47.                    Acura RDX

48.                    Infiniti JX, QX60

49.                    Nissan Pathfinder

50.                    Kia Sorento

51.                    Hyundai Tucson

52.                    Nissan Rogue

53.                    Nissan Juke

Editor's Note:

This article also appeared in the November 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.


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