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The 12-Best AWD Cars And SUVs This Winter - Subaru Still Owns The Icy Road

Does Subaru have the best all-wheel-drive cars? The 2022 Forester, 2022 Outback, Impreza, and Legacy all get the highest marks. See why Subaru's models are the highest-ranked in all-wheel-drive capability.

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What are the best new all-wheel-drive cars and SUVs for ice and snow this winter? An iSeeCars report says the Subaru brand is among the best and ranks the 2022 Subaru Outback and 2022 Forester one of the highest-ranked all-wheel-drive vehicles in the SUV category. The 2022 Subaru Impreza and 2022 Subaru Legacy are the highest-ranked vehicles in the non-luxury car segment.

The 2022 Subaru Outback midsize SUV is ranked number three on the best SUV list, and the 2022 Subaru Forester compact SUV is number 5 best overall. The list of the seven best models includes the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Kia Sportage. You can read the complete iSeeCars report here.

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The 2022 Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback are ranked number two best in the non-luxury car category. The 2022 Subaru Legacy sedan is the number four best all-wheel-drive car. The list of the five best models includes the Toyota Camry, Mazda3, and Nissan Altima.

The Outback, Forester, Impreza, and Legacy are also ranked high in value retention, safety crash scores, and reliability. The study says the four models are the best new and used all-wheel-drive models for commuters and winter sports enthusiasts.

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Why are Subaru models ranked high in all-wheel-drive capability?

If you live in a cold-weather climate, you want a capable all-wheel-drive car to get you safely through snow and icy conditions on your commute. Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system is considered one of the best among automakers.

Subaru was the first and is still the only automaker to offer all-wheel-drive standard equipment on its cars and SUVs. The 2022 Outback, Forester, Crosstrek, Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, WRX, WRX STI all come standard with the automaker's all-wheel-drive system. The BRZ sports coupe is the only model with a two-wheel rear-drive configuration.

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Subaru offers X-Mode on its SUVs

Subaru also offers X-Mode on its all-wheel-drive SUVs. The 2022 Subaru Outback and 2022 Subaru Forester come equipped with X-Mode for severe winter driving conditions and with SI-DRIVE that allows the driver to dial-up engine efficiency or performance with Intelligent and Sport modes. The Outback XT, Outback Wilderness, and Forester Sport and Forester Wilderness offer a dual-function X-Mode for even more extreme winter driving conditions.

Subaru does not offer a one type fits all all-wheel-drive system. You can read the complete report here.

What iSeeCars says about Subaru All-Wheel-Drive

"Subaru's Symmetrical AWD system has been around for over forty years. With the absence of the extra drive shaft of front-wheel-drive-based or rear-wheel-drive-based all-wheel-drive systems, the Symmetrical system disperses energy more efficiently. This creates better handling, acceleration, and control. The Subaru system provides power to the wheels using fewer components while offering excellent distribution of that power. This leads to better balance, quicker response to traction loss, and more dynamic acceleration, all in a more efficient manner," says iSeeCars.

Subaru created the small SUV all-wheel-drive segment, and the Japanese automaker is recognized for its excellent Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system. This winter, the 2022 Subaru Outback, 2022 Forester, Impreza, and Legacy are the highest-ranked all-wheel-drive for car and SUV shoppers by iSeeCars.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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