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Searching for a new car or SUV can be incredibly confusing at times. There are a wide number of factors that you'll need to consider in order to find a vehicle that not only fits your sense of taste and style but also suits your specific needs. As far as this last factor is concerned, it's imperative that you consider how, where and when you'll be driving in order to find something that works for all seasons. To assist you in your search, here are a few tips for finding a great all-season vehicle.
An all-season vehicle needs to perform as well during the summer as it does during the winter. In terms of winter driving, the configuration of the vehicle is obviously important since front-wheel drive vehicles generally don't perform as well in snowy or icy conditions as four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles. Of course, this factor can also affect your summer as an all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle will also perform far better in muddy or off-road situations.
Vehicle safety records are another important factor for obvious reasons. Making sure that you and your family arrive at your destination safely should be your primary concern. Therefore, you'll want to make sure that any vehicle you choose has a good safety record. Although winter driving may technically be more dangerous due to blizzards and icy roads, data shows that more highway deaths still occur during the summer months than in the winter. This means that safety is important all year round.
If your summer plans involve hauling a camper, boat or other trailers, you'll obviously need to choose a vehicle that can handle it. The same thing goes for anyone who frequently spends their winter weekends driving to the ski resort and back. In this sense, it is important to consider exactly how you will be using the vehicle and then choose a model that best fits your year-round needs.
Everyone living in your area tends to face the same seasonal driving challenges, so it shouldn’t be that surprising to learn that people in some areas tend to lean towards certain types of cars. The fact is that some vehicles are bound to perform better in some places than others. Therefore, it's never a bad idea to ask your local dealer, like Young Subaru, about the most popular options in your area as this will help you find a model that’s ideally suited to the local climate and conditions.
In truth, you'll likely be able to find a wide range of vehicles that fit in terms of the above criteria, which is where your personal taste and style will then become important. However, it is still recommended that, before you start thinking about more minor factors such as color and trim, you first follow all of these tips to ensure that you narrow down your search to only those vehicles that suit your year-round needs.