Best AWD SUVs in the Snow

These all-wheel-drive SUVs are tops in performance in snowy conditions, based on CR member surveys

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We asked CR members about their experience driving in the snow, and they, not surprisingly, told us SUVs with AWD were among the best performers, according to results from the 2019 Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey.

From their responses we compiled a list of the top 10 SUVS with all-wheel-drive for driving in snow. AWD means all four tires work together, which can greatly improve driving performance. The feature is increasingly common on everyday vehicles.

Our results are based on CR member experiences with 19,000 vehicles between model years 2016 and 2019. All survey respondents had driven their vehicles without changing to winter/snow tires and had faced at least six snowy days during the 2018-2019 winter.

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It's important to bear in mind that all-wheel and four-wheel drive systems aren’t foolproof—they do nothing to improve braking on slick surfaces. Good all-season or, better yet, winter/snow tires can give you an edge. It is important to respect the laws of physics and not feel invincible because you are driving an AWD vehicle.

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If you’re shopping for a new car and live in an area where roadways are regularly covered with ice or snow, consider these models. The rankings are based on the percentage of vehicles that were rated Very Good in snow performance, with the first model listed being the highest-rated for winter traction by survey respondents.

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