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Old 09-30-2015, 06:47 PM
 
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Do you plan on driving through roads that are not plowed? If so an awd vehicle with additional ground clearance is key.

Otherwise anything with good snow tires will be great.

Literally....anything will be fine. But keep this in mind. My FWD Jetta with Bizzack snow tires will be safer and more controllable than an Awd Subaru with worn out all seasons.
I have no idea to be honest. I will likely be working in one of the main hospitals. I assume that during snow season, the main highways and roads are plowed? I'm not planning to live in the mountains, but I'm sure I'll head up there from time to time to ski/board.

My jeep is terrible on gas. I love it so much, but with everything being so spread out in the area, I am going to be paying a fortune in gas if I keep my wrangler.
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Old 10-01-2015, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I have no idea to be honest. I will likely be working in one of the main hospitals. I assume that during snow season, the main highways and roads are plowed? I'm not planning to live in the mountains, but I'm sure I'll head up there from time to time to ski/board.

My jeep is terrible on gas. I love it so much, but with everything being so spread out in the area, I am going to be paying a fortune in gas if I keep my wrangler.
When I was living in Denver I averaged 25 days a season heading to Copper and Winter Park. I was driving a Focus wagon on all seasons with a manual. I would drive slow and it worked ok. However in retrospect it was silly and risky that I didn't get wheels and snow tires. Going up the pass to WP was always spicy. My biggest concern was if I had to stop going up hill. I don't think I could have started back up the hill.

That fact required me to make some dicy passes because the newb in front of me was driving so slow I was at risk of having to slow to a speed I couldn't continue uphill. Not a fun place to be.

If you think that you will stick to main roads sell the Jeep when you get to Colorado. It will most likely have a higher resale there. Then get something fuel efficient and consider snow tires. One downside to the Front Range....you are going to drive.... a lot.

Also I am not sure where you are on winter driving skills. I recommend finding an empty snow covered parking lot and brush up after the first storm.
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:31 PM
 
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Subaru can't go wrong ever
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Old 10-02-2015, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Edgewater, CO
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Subaru can't go wrong ever
A BRZ might not be the best for winter... being RWD and all.
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Old 10-03-2015, 02:51 AM
 
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The wrangler you have is one of the best options you will find. I wouldnt think twice about driving a wrangler with a good set of snow tires. As the others have mentioned, equipment is great but it only provides an advantage to good drivers. I passed more than a few 4wds last season that left the road as a moved along at 20- 30 mph in my fwd escape. I did buy snow tires, and never slid once between using the tires and commons sense.

I have to second whoever said the state car is an outback, they are everywhere here. For good reason though, Subaru makes a good product and awd is great in our environment as long as you realize it doesn't work miracles.
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Old 10-03-2015, 03:23 AM
 
Location: State of Grace
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Morning!

Well, I did live in Aspen, and have driven a VW rabbit there, a regular extended van, and a Jeep Cherokee. The Jeep took the back roads to Crested Butte no problem, also Hwy 82 all the way from Denver, Monarch Pass, and Independence Pass (which isn't open for four months of the year). With the proper tires (good snow tires) and good brakes, you'll do fine, I'm sure.

God be with you,


Mahrie.
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Old 10-03-2015, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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This topic has been beaten to death many times.

If you are worried about traction on ice and snow, buy a set of winter tires.

If you can avoid driving on icy and snowy roads, your OEM all-seasons will be fine.

In the Nov 2015 issue of Consumer reports, on page 54 they show a graph of stopping distances on snowy pavement with a Honda CRV AWD with winter tires and all-season tires. The winter tires stop it from 60 mph at 310 feet; the all-seasons require 668 feet. That difference is 358 feet! You choose.

Personally, after driving in Colorado for 38 years, I'm completely satisfied with a set of Michelin Ice or Bridgestone Blizzacks on a front wheel drive car.

Remember this: The brakes just stop the wheels. But the tires stop the car.

AWD is better if it has the winter tires but I'd take a FWD car with winter tires any day over an AWD car with just all-seasons.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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There is only one "best car for Colorado" AND it happens to be built here too.

EarthRoamer


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Old 10-03-2015, 04:55 PM
 
Location: State of Grace
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Ooooh! I want one! Just showed it to DH and he's suitably impressed too. Now THAT's the way to travel! Oh, yeah!


Mahrie.
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Old 10-05-2015, 04:39 PM
 
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