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The Best Cars For Snow This Winter - Subaru Outback, Impreza Win Their Segments

What are the best all-wheel-drive cars, SUVs, and trucks for winter commutes? The 2022 Subaru Outback and 2022 Subaru Impreza win their segment.

Does Subaru make the best all-wheel-drive vehicles for winter commutes? An iSeeCars report says the Subaru brand is the best and has one car and one SUV that win their segment. The 2022 Subaru Impreza wins the best small car category, and the 2022 Subaru Outback is the best in the small SUV category.

iSeeCars came up with the best vehicles for snow driving by analyzing the car, SUV, and truck categories. These vehicles achieved a score of 7.5 or above (out of 10) on iSeeCars quality analysis that considers long-term reliability, value retention, and highest average safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness, features, specs, all-weather, all-wheel-drive

Based on these criteria, iSeeCars calculated its Quality Score. The vehicles also have all-wheel or four-wheel drive and the correct safety features that aid drivers in snowy conditions. You can read the complete list of iSeeCars Best Cars for Snow here.

The 2022 Subaru Outback has ranked number one, and the 2022 Subaru Impreza compact sedan and hatchback number one in their respective categories. Both models come standard with Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system for all-weather capability. The Outback has 8.7-inches of ground clearance. Both models get the highest safety scores, and they come with Subaru’s EyeSight safety technology.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness, features, specs, all-weather, all-wheel-drive

Where are the 2022 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, and Ascent SUVs?

The 2022 Subaru Forester and 2022 Subaru Crosstrek are not on the current iSeeCars list, but Consumer Reports highly rank all three models. Subaru does not have a truck in its lineup, but it would likely score high if the automaker did offer one.

The Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey (by subscription) revealed Subaru scored four vehicles in the top-ten models rated best all-wheel-drive SUVs in the snow. The Top-10 models starting from number one are the Subaru Ascent, Audi Q5, Subaru Outback, BMW X5, Volvo XC60, Audi Q7, Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Crosstrek, and Cadillac XT5.

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

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

Subaru created the small all-wheel-drive SUV segment, and now most automakers are offering all-weather capability. The 2022 Subaru Outback and 2022 Subaru Impreza are ranked best cars for snow driving for shoppers this winter. The 2022 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek, and Ascent are also rated the best by Consumer Reports.

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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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