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Old 11-03-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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Put Snow tires on a Honda CRV and go almost anywhere ..more likely to get 19-21 MOG though ..grew up in WEstern NY as well and it was the best car I ever had in snow ..snow tires are key
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Billings, MT
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I have owned several AMC Eagle cars over the years, and IMO they are the best thing that was ever built for snow country IF they have good M&S tires on them. However, finding a good one these days is difficult. Actually, there are currently 2 of them on eBay! I don't know if they are "good ones" or not, though.
I have also owned several Subarus. My favorite was an Outback SUS (Sport Utility Sedan) In a way, I wish I had kept that thing! The Outback Wagons we had were nice, as well. If you want something a little more exciting, the WRX is kind of a little hotrod.
They all do well on unplowed snow.
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Old 11-03-2014, 01:39 PM
 
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Tires make a huge difference. I do ridiculous things with my Corolla-- my problem isn't getting stuck in the snow but getting stuck on a road blocked up with cars that can't move!

I don't have to plow through huge drifts, though. A lot of people like Subarus up here.
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Old 11-03-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I've always had crappy, low powered cars with bad tires.
Just because you have gotten away with bad tires doesn't mean you will continue to. Good tires in the snow are critical.
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Old 11-03-2014, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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I drove an older 325i with traction control and blizzak snow tires, that thing drove through the snow like a Panzer
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:59 PM
 
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Don't get me wrong, Subarus are great, but they are are not a car to buy used. They command such high resale value, 8k is going to get a nicer Nissan/Ford/GMC/Etc than it is a Subaru.

Maybe a 3rd/4th Gen Ford Explorer would be a good edition to the list.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Don't get me wrong, Subarus are great, but they are are not a car to buy used. They command such high resale value, 8k is going to get a nicer Nissan/Ford/GMC/Etc than it is a Subaru.

Maybe a 3rd/4th Gen Ford Explorer would be a good edition to the list.
Heck a Ford Explorer Spot-Trac is a great cross over SUV same with the larger full-size Chevy Avalanche
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:51 PM
 
Location: IN
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Subaru of all derivations. I'm still driving my 04 Forester and it handles all wintry conditions better than the vast majority of the vehicles I have driven and that are on the road.
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Funkotron, MA
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I'm just here to re-emphasize the importance of tires. For experience, I can tell you that even true 4wd (truck or SUV with a transfer case) won't be good in the snow if the tires are bad. I have a 4wd truck that will actually be unable to get out of the driveway because it's got cheapo all-season tires on it. Meanwhile, my car with snow tires drives off like it's nothing.
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:39 AM
 
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I adored my Civic with Blizzak tires for Wisconsin winters. We called it the snowmobile, and the only time it didn't do well was if we got a lot of snow very quickly and it just got too high. If we were going out together, we both picked that car over my husband's Xterra, believe it or not.
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