Over the river and through the woods takes on a new meaning when the snow’s flying fast and furious. Families need a sure-footed vehicle to carry them along safely and securely. Not every household has a sport-utility vehicle or high-ground clearance quad-cab pickup that can easily navigate snowy roads and hidden obstacles. Millions of American families depend on a single family sedan as everyday transport – wintertime included.
Getting through the slush, snow and ice is a whole lot easier with all-wheel drive (AWD). That’s why the cars on FCG’s list are all models equipped with AWD. Some have it as standard equipment, while in others AWD is optional or a higher-trim model. But there’s more to a best winter-weather sedan than AWD.
Here, then, is part one of FamilyCarGuide’s list of the best winter-weather sedans.
2010 Buick LaCrosse
While the standard 2011 Buick LaCrosse is a four-cylinder model, to get all-wheel drive you’ll need to step up to the LaCrosse CXL AWD with its 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Electronic stability control, traction control, four-wheel antilock brakes, four-wheel disc brakes and rear parking assist are standard. Inside, there are six standard airbags (rear seat mounted thorax airbags are optional), heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats, and rear seat heat ducts carry warmth to passengers. OnStar’s suite of services is free for six months and includes Directions & Connections, automatic crash response, emergency and security services, turn by turn navigation, vehicle diagnostics and more. Other features perfect for winter-weather travel include optional side blind zone alert, rearview camera, Xenon HID headlights, heads-up display and navigation system.
2009 BMW 335d
2009 BMW 335d
BMW’s best-selling 3-series has two winter-weather fighters in the 328i xDrive and 335i xDrive sedans (the diesel 335d is shown here). FCG prefers the 335i xDrive. Power comes from the 300-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission (Steptronic transmission with paddle shifters is optional). Key to its winter-weather prowess is xDrive, BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system, along with dynamic stability control and dynamic traction control, hill descent control, and four-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes with dynamic brake control. Xenon adaptive headlights are standard. Heated front seats and heated steering wheel are optional, as is navigation system and active cruise control. Also check out the review of the 2011 BMW 3-Series in The Car Connection.