The Best Affordable Vehicles for Poor Weather Climates

These vehicles make weather one less thing to worry about
With all of the impressive technologies available today, it’s kind of amazing to think that the weather is still something that can wreak such havoc on our lives. Winter blizzards, torrential rains and even road hazards can make our daily commutes far more adventurous than we expect. But the right vehicle can help alleviate some of those concerns.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
As the most awardedJeep-Grand-Cherokee SUV ever, it’s no surprise to see the Grand Cherokee on this list. There are three available four-wheel drive systems: Quadra-Trac I®, Quadra-Trac II® and Quadra-Drive® II (the latter with class leading capability and an Electronic Limited Slip Differential). There is also a feature called Selec-Terrain traction control that lets you choose from Auto, Rock, Snow, Sand and Mud to custom tailor your drive to the conditions, as well as Quadra-Lift air suspension that raises and lowers the Grand Cherokee for easier entry and exit.

There are three engine options, too, ranging from the award-winning 3.6-liter V6, to the powerful HEMI V8 and the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel that provides a whopping 420 lb/ft of torque while giving back up to 30 mpg highway, and a 730-mile range. Towing is rated up to an impressive 7,400 pounds. There are also a slew of winter busting features including High Intensity Discharge headlights, heated front and second row seats and a heated steering wheel.

Subaru Legacy
The Legacy hasSubaruLegacy been redesigned for 2015, but retained all of the things that have made it a favorite for those who want a midsize sedan that can conquer the worst winter has to offer. All models come standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, a feature that almost no other competitor in the segment offers, and is also available with the EyeSight driver assist technology that sounds an audio warning, and a visual warning, to get you to react, and can even stop the car by itself. The Subaru STARLINK infotainment system and Bluetooth technology help you keep your eyes on the road, too. The Legacy also has one of the best safety records in the industry today, and was named a “2014 Top Safety Pick+” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

“Although not without its faults, the 2015 Legacy remains the only vehicle in the segment to offer standard all-wheel-drive while still returning up to 36 mpg on the highway (on par with most front-wheel-drive competitors),” according to Kelley Blue Book. “This unique powertrain story coupled with a higher-quality interior, attractive pricing, and relevant in-vehicle electronics have elevated the Subaru Legacy into a genuine competitive posture with entrenched nameplates like Camry, Accord and Altima.”

Ford Edge
If you’re lookingldfinance_e_a003070465 for a vehicle that can handle both the weather, as well as your family, the Ford Edge is a great choice. The Edge was named by US News as a Best Cars for the Money Winner and was reviewed by Autotrader as a “sleek, two-row crossover SUV that does just about everything right.”

Available in four models (SE, SEL, Limited and Sport), the Edge can be equipped with one of three engines, a 3.5-liter V6, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder that gets up to 30 mpg highway and a 3.7-liter V6 that cranks out 305 horses. Intelligent Active All-Wheel Drive helps maintain control, regardless of the weather outside, and safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert help keep you out of trouble.

There are plenty of smart options that can help you stay safe this winter, but regardless of what you choose, stop by and let us help you with the financing.

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