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Old 03-03-2009, 08:45 AM
Location: Lancaster County, PA
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Great advice from everyone. We own an Accord and a Civic and we've had few issues with them in any weather, although you should consider ground clearance with high, heavy snow. I had a Subaru Legacy which had great traction but low clearance. You may want to also consider the Honda CR-V. Like others have said, good tires and common sense are the most important tools to get through any bad weather.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:51 AM
Location: South Jersey
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we have a New Toyota rav4 and its a wonderful snow vehicle. Gets great gas mileage to.. Stability and traction control as well as 4wd lock.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:47 PM
Location: Boardman, OH
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Got a Jeep Patriot. Good Winter car and a great value for the money. Mine's been rock solid.
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Old 03-09-2009, 08:34 AM
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Did you consider a Ford Escape? I have always thought Ford vehicles were junk, but I was pleasantly surprised by the most recent Escape models from the past couple of years. It seems like Ford has really improved. If you go with this option, pay particular attention to what dealership you get it from. I tend to have the overall best experience at smaller dealers that have won the president's award year after year. My 05 Escape has been very reliable and good in the snow.

I also used to own a 93 Cherokee that would drive without issues in almost any weather condition. 3 feet of snow was no problem for it if you put it in the right 4WD mode. It had some engine maintenance issues though, particularly oil-related problems. I don't know how the newer ones are.
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Old 03-09-2009, 03:04 PM
Location: Los Angeles, CA.
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I am also going to need a "snow belt" car outside Franklin PA. My personal pick is Subaru. Consumer Reports recomends 100 % of the Subaru's tested, not Honda, Toyota or anything made here. True AWD in rain, mud, slush not to mention Dry sure better than ONE wheel pulling you thru a cornor, reguardless of Tires. Just my 2 cents worth. Moving to PA, PatinLA.
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Old 03-10-2009, 06:23 PM
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Get a Jeep Wrangler and you will never have a problem. But also consider the Suzuki Grand Vitara, they are excellent in the snow.
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