Does Subaru make the? best 4 wheel drive vehicles for winter commuting? A new US News report says about the ten best cars to drive in winter this yearSubaru has three models on the list, more than any automaker. There are two Subaru SUVs, the 2023 Outback and 2023 Ascent, and an unlikely modelthe 2022 WRX, to score with the best.
Subaru also scores the most new models of all mainstream (non-luxury) car manufacturers. US News Autos says, “We looked for features like four-wheel drive, standard anti-lock brakes, advanced safety systemsand conveniences such as heated side mirrors to make winter driving safer and more comfortable for the whole family.”
Here are US News’ top picks for driving in snow and ice this winter. The Volvo XC40 (8.4/10), Audi A4 Allroad (8.3/10), Subaru Ascent (8.0/10), Jeep Grand Cherokee (8.3/10), Subaru Outback (8.2/10), Mercedes-Benz E-Class ( 8.7/10), Honda Ridgeline (8.3/10), Volvo S90 (N/A), Hyundai Tucson (8.8/10) and the Subaru WRX (N/A).
The Subaru Outback mid-sized SUV is high on the list
US News says: “The Subaru Outback is a bull’s eye for a winter vehicle. It’s as purpose-built as they come, comfortable and capable, equipped with standard four-wheel drive, loaded with standard safety featuresand finished with easy-to-clean materials. This is your car if you want a family oriented vehicle perfect for winter travel.”
What is the price of the Outback 2023?
The Outback 2023 is now available in nine trim levels for US customers; the base trim costs $29,620, Premium ($31,920), New Onyx Edition with a 2.5-liter engine ($34,720), Limited ($36,520), Touring ($41,070), Outback Wilderness ($39,670), Onyx Edition XT ($39,820), Limited XT ($40,920) and Touring XT ($43,520). Prices include destination and delivery charges ($1,225).
The Subaru Ascent 3-Row SUV scores high
US News says: “The Subaru Ascent is a great family-oriented mid-size crossover with features that make it a good all-weather vehicle. Four-wheel drive is standard, which is rare in this segment. Plus, 8.7 inches of ground clearance ensures plenty of room to get over bumps and debris.”
What is the price of the Ascent 2023?
The 2023 Subaru Ascent base starts at $35,120 and Premium versions start at $39,180. The Ascent Onyx Edition starts at $42,520, the upper Limited starts at $42,820, the new Ascent Onyx Edition Limited costs $47,520, and the top trim Touring has a starting MSRP of $49,420. Prices include destination and delivery charges ($1,225).
The Subaru WRX is an unlikely model
US New says: “Yeah, another Subaru. The WRX isn’t the most practical vehicle on this list, but we saved it for last for a reason. The brand’s signature four-wheel drive system and rugged stance make it a great choice If you want a nice commuter car that can handle just about anything, and if you’re paying more than comparable compact cars, especially if you want one of the last manual transmission sedans on the road, the WRX is the way to go.”
What is the price of the 2022 WRX?
The WRX’s 6-speed manual trim level starts at $30,600. The WRX with Subaru Performance Transmission (SPT) is $32,450, WRX Premium 6-speed manual is $33,100, WRX Premium SPT is $35,150, WRX Limited six-speed manual is $37,490, WRX Limited SPT is $39,740, and WRX GT is $43,390 . Prices include destination and delivery charges ($995).
Maybe the WRX isn’t so unlikely
Where are the Subaru Forester and Crosstrek SUVs?
The Subaru Forester and Crosstrek are not on the US News list, but they should be. Both models come standard with Subaru’s all-weather Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. The Forester and Crosstrek also have 8.7 inches of ground clearance, and both come with X-Mode for added all-terrain capability.
Why do Subaru models score high in winter weather?
Subaru was the first and remains the only automaker to offer standard four-wheel drive equipment on all its cars and SUVs. The 2023 Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, Solterra EV and WRX all come standard with its four-wheel drive system. The BRZ sports coupe is the only model with a rear two-wheel drive configuration.
US News didn’t mention the Outback and Ascent are coming dual function X-Mode with Deep Snow setting for extra severe weather conditions.
Subaru created the all-wheel drive small SUV segment and still offers the best all-weather vehicles for new car buyers. US News ranked the 2023 Subaru Outback, the 2023 Ascent and the unlikely 2022 WRX as the best new models for winter driving.
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