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Not everyone is fortunate enough to live in a place where the climate is usually temperate. For those who live in four-season zones, driving can become hazardous during the rainy spring and autumn months and the slick and snowy winter. That’s why having a safe and reliable vehicle to drive is important. While you don’t have to compromise on fun, you can certainly find a great car that can get you through any season. Before you settle on a particular make and model, consider test-driving the following five cars.
The Honda Accord might not look like it’s fun to drive, but it makes for an incredibly safe daily driver and handles with ease. The 2017 Accord was chosen as one of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Picks+, having earned top marks across the board on its crash tests. Even for an FWD model, the Accord always feels like it has a solid grip on the road. Also, the vehicle can make a panic stop in a safe distance, and newer models are loaded to the brim with standard safety features.
The Chevrolet Trax is regarded as one of the best subcompact SUVs to drive in rough weather conditions. The Trax does not have the most powerful engine, but it maneuvers extremely well and has an all-wheel-drive option that makes winter driving more secure. The upgrade only costs about $1,500, which is definitely worth considering if you live in a place where winter is harsh. Additionally, the Trax has been receiving top scores from IIHS and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Look for one of these models at a place like Young Chevrolet.
All Subarus come standard with AWD, so you don’t have to worry about spending extra money on the upgrade. This wagon has several powerful engines above the base engine, and it can handle virtually any road surface. You can even take the Outback off-roading during the warmer months. This also happens to be one of the most user-friendly wagons on the market with its easy-to-use infotainment system.
Looking for something luxurious? The Volvo XC60 mixes luxury, utility, and performance into one neat package. This compact SUV is loaded with safety features and comes with AWD. It has a huge tow rating for its class and has quite a bit of cargo space. If you love camping during the summer, the XC60 is perfectly capable of hauling your camping gear around.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Jeep Cherokee. The Cherokee has long been regarded as one of the best vehicles for getting around in during cool winter months. While the base engine might feel a bit underwhelming, you won’t get the sense that the Cherokee is going to slip and slide on slick pavement. It’s also one of the most affordable off-roaders on the market.
These might not be the flashiest vehicles, but they are great daily drivers that can get you through any season. Come rain or shine (or a massive snowstorm), you can rest assured that these five autos will get you safely to your destination.