The Importance of All-Wheel Drive Vehicles in Winter

All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

When winter rolls in, drivers need to start thinking about what preventative measures to take in order to get themselves safe and their vehicles functioning properly. Things like performing routine maintenance, swapping out all-season tires for winter tires, and making sure your HVAC system is working properly are all crucial elements to preparing for winter. But other drivers may take it a step further and wonder if all-wheel drive vehicles are more suitable to the slippery roads of winter.

The number one benefit, and possibly the most obvious one, is that AWD comes with increased traction over other modes of driving. AWD allows all four wheels to spin independently, so if a one or two wheels lose traction or slip, the other wheels can still pull the vehicle forward. This comes in handy on icy roads during hazardous winter storms. Modern technology also calls for innovations in AWD systems; many AWD vehicles now function on computer systems that allocate more power to wheels with better traction. Additionally, AWD makes for excellent resale value, so someday when you need to sell your vehicle, it will be worth more.

As with any extra, beneficial features, all-wheel drive vehicles typically cost more than other types and lower the mpg of a given vehicle, but many drivers find that the added peace of mind that accompanies AWD systems pays off in the end. If you are in the market for a new car with the winter months coming up, you may be better off looking for a car with all-wheel drive.

Affordable AWD Models are Easier to Find than You Think

Affordable AWD Models are Easier to Find than You Think

Even though we don’t get much snow during the wintertime, we here at Mama’s Used Cars recognize the importance of a vehicle’s handling and features like AWD. This relatively recent innovation is different than 4WD because it sends power to each individual wheel as it needs it, drastically increasing performance.

On the downside, AWD can get expensive – so we’ve put together a list of affordable AWD models using the NY Daily News as our guide:

First on our list is the 2001 Jeep Cherokee. This model was the envy of off-road enthusiasts everywhere. With a tall ride height and square body, this model features a famous inline six-cylinder engine and incredibly durability. The Cherokee has incredible handling thanks to its AWD, and won’t cost a fortune.

Number two on our list is the 2008 Honda CR-V. This model is newer than the Cherokee, and features a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that gets 25 mpg highway. Not only that but they’re affordable, reliable, and safe thanks to its innovative AWD system.

Last but not least, the 2012 Ford Escape. Whether you’re driving in dunes, near the mountains, or on the highway, the Escape has some of the best handling for the job thanks to its AWD system. Though they come standard with FWD, AWD models are available. Not only do they handle well, look great, and drive smoothly, the Escape is affordable as well.

Stop by to check out any of these models and their AWD systems and see what you’ve been missing.