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Old 09-09-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Anchorage
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You want to have a 4WD or AWD vehicle, or failing that, front-wheel drive, and you want good winter tires and adequate winterization.

Beyond that it's more about how you drive than what you drive.

this is exactly right!
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Anchorage Suburbanites and part time Willowbillies
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What made my mind up about wanting my family in a large SUV is when I was on my way to work one morning and was the first on the scene of a two vehicle collision on O'Malley.

A full size pick-up, with a drunk driver, hit a Suburban near head on, It was estimated that the PU was traveling at about 60 MPH Suburban about 40MPH. Both vehicles had severe front damage. The two people in the PU were killed neither had seat belts on.

The woman in the suburban had burns and abrasions from the air bag. Her two children in the back, one in a child seat, the other seat belted were scared but not hurt. I know that if they had been in a mini van or a smaller vehicle they would not have survived.

With the lack of driving skills the drivers here seem to possess I can not put my family in a small vehicle.

The bottom line is if you are a good responsible driver you will do fine in most any vehicle.

For my family I choose to have the extra metal around us.

I agree about the weight of large SUVs if you don't factor that in when driving on slick surfaces you will get into trouble.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:01 PM
 
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Thanks all for the responses! Guess we'll be looking for something with a little bit more ground clearance, the explorer seems a little low for an SUV. (Although the price is perfect )

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Old 09-09-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Bvi/Acores
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I have driven them all - from lil sporty Miata's to Class 8 tractor trailers. The 2500 Chevy Suburban is the winner.

First - Parts are always available, even in Botswana!
Second - The handling is superior and there's less plastic on them. They will survive a moose encounter, where many pickups and cars simply won't. I had a dealer put a welded cow catcher on mine when I was in Libby, MT. Don't bother with the shiny cowboy model - it's for good looks and not worth a darn.
Third - You don't need a diesel - the gasser version pulls like a moose with about the same mileage as an Excursion
Fourth - It costs less to operate.
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Old 09-09-2013, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Here and there....
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an explorer will do fine, there are very few times you'll benifit from higher clearance in Anchorage unless you live very far from a major road. Subaru's are also a good choice, they have an excelent awd system and great heaters.

I agree that trucks are safer, but with ever rising gas prices smaller vehicles are very tempting. I have both.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Eagle River
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Go with what you like. Your Explorer will be fine. I owned an AWD Passast that drove like a champ in the winter with all-season tires. Never got stuck. I had a Honda Civic FWD with all-season tires. Never got stuck. After 15 years I finally bought a set of dedicated winter tires this past winter. I drive about 40hrs a week in a FWD Impala and have had very little issues and I've driven RWD Chevy for years and had very little issues. The driver makes the difference, not the system, and not the tires. YMMV
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:41 PM
 
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I drove a Toyota landcruiser in Anchorage for 13 years- huge metal bumpers that folks hit 3 times. My landcruiser was fine, but they sure smashed their paper-thin front ends.

Lots of folks flying thru red lights, not being able to stop in time on ice.

Drive carefully!
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Old 09-14-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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I have driven them all - from lil sporty Miata's to Class 8 tractor trailers. The 2500 Chevy Suburban is the winner.

First - Parts are always available, even in Botswana!
Second - The handling is superior and there's less plastic on them. They will survive a moose encounter, where many pickups and cars simply won't. I had a dealer put a welded cow catcher on mine when I was in Libby, MT. Don't bother with the shiny cowboy model - it's for good looks and not worth a darn.
Third - You don't need a diesel - the gasser version pulls like a moose with about the same mileage as an Excursion
Fourth - It costs less to operate.
I agree with the cow catcher front end comment for sure. Although bambi guards are good too. Anything mass produced will have availability. Ford, Chevy, and Dodge all sell tens of thousands of pickups and truck based SUVs a month. (Maybe not the Dodge SUVs as they don't appear to have as many cross fit parts) I haven't looked in a while, but I don't see much different between the front end of a Suburban 2500 vs. a 2500 Silverado/Sierra.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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Thanks all for the responses! Guess we'll be looking for something with a little bit more ground clearance, the explorer seems a little low for an SUV. (Although the price is perfect )
You could probably put a small lift on it for a reasonable price if you really need it. We get a lot more snow than Anchorage and quite a few people drive small cars here and do just fine.
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