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The 15 Best Cars If You Don't Have Snow Tires - Few Are Affordable Except Subaru

What are the best cars for snow this winter? What if you don’t have snow tires? A new report says the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek and 2022 Subaru Forester are among the top fifteen models you can buy now. Check out the complete list here.

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Not everyone has purchased snow/winter tires if you live in a moderate climate. But you still might encounter a snow or ice storm where you live. What are the best vehicles you can buy that will get you home safely with the all-season (all-weather) tires your vehicle came with from the factory?

Listed alphabetically, Autoblog’s Best Cars For Snow this winter are the Acura RDX, Audi A4 Allroad, Ford Bronco Sport, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Land Rover Defender, Land Rover Range Rover, Rivian R1T, and R1S, Subaru Crosstrek, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4 Adventure, Limited and TRD Off-Road, Volvo V60 Cross Country, and Volvo V90 Cross Country.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

If you looked at the list and saw a lot of luxury models, you are right. Can you afford it?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek ($23,570), 2022 Subaru Forester ($26,320), and Ford Bronco Sport ($28,910) are the most affordable models under $30,000. The Toyota RAV4 Adventure ($32,955), and TRD Off-Road ($35,180), are among the affordable models listed.

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek?

The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek comes in five trim levels for customers. The base trim is priced from $23,570, Premium ($24,720), Sport ($27,920), Limited ($29,420) and Crosstrek Hybrid ($37,895). Prices include destination and delivery fees ($1,125).

What is the price of the 2022 Subaru Forester?

For the 2022 model change Forester comes in six trim levels; The base Forester starts at $26,320, Premium ($29,320), Sport ($30,890), Limited ($33,000), new Wilderness ($33,945), and Touring ($36,420). Pricing includes destination and delivery fees ($1,125).

What sets the Crosstrek apart?

Autoblog says, “The Crosstrek stands out because it's available at such a low price ($24,920 for an automatic-equipped base car) and gets substantially better fuel economy than everything else on this list. Besides its standard AWD and lofty ground clearance (8.7 inches is taller than most SUVs and the same as the Forester, Outback, and Ascent), the Crosstrek can be enhanced with a Deep Snow/Mud setting in the Sport trim level that also adds the much better 2.5-liter engine.”

What sets the Forester apart?

Autoblog says, “Much of what we wrote above regarding the Crosstrek applies here but in a bigger package. Its Deep Snow/Mud mode is also standard on most trim levels, and there's the new Forester Wilderness (pictured below) that steps things up with even more ground clearance, standard all-terrain tires, and water-resistant interior surfaces. Among compact SUVs, this is your best snow bet.”

2022 Subaru Forester, 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Outback
photo credit: Riley Subaru

What about the Subaru Outback?

Autoblog says, “The Subaru Outback (priced from $27,845) is pretty good, too, but we prefer the Forester's more responsive steering when confronting sloppy conditions. The Forester is also a compact SUV, versus whatever wagon/crossover/other description you prefer for the Outback, which makes it more relevant for the SUV-hungry buying public.”

In another study, iSeeCars says the 2022 Subaru Outback and 2022 Subaru Forester rank highest with other small SUVs for winter driving in the snow. iSeeCars says the Outback is the best of eight new models, and the Forester is the third best on its list.

If you are looking for an affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle that will handle the snow and ice this winter without snow tires, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek, 2022 Subaru Forester, and 2022 Subaru Outback are good choices for small SUV shoppers.

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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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Gulo (not verified)    February 9, 2022 - 6:13PM

Any of the Selectrac Wranglers is likely to be even better, with the Rubicon taking the cake. Worst case, it can lock all the diffs and claw its way out of a ditch...or through a 5' drift across the road.

My Crosstrek is pretty good on winter roads, but it's not in the same class as a lockered Wrangler with siped offroad tires when conditions get really nasty. Hood-deep snow could rip my plastic bumpercovers and/or airdam off, whereas something like a Wrangler has steel bumpers...and the grunt to churn aggressive tires through waist-high drifts, even with chains on.