New Subaru Ascent Scores Best AWD SUV In The Snow Beating Audi Q7, BMW X5, And Volvo XC60
Not all all-wheel-drive SUVs are created equal when it comes to driving in the snow. Some AWD vehicles will handle ice, snow, and mud better than others. How do you determine which vehicles are the best AWD SUVs in the snow? Just ask owners who drive in the white stuff all the time.
SUV shoppers looking for the best SUVs in the snow can check out results from the 2019 Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey. The 2020 Subaru Ascent scores number one when it comes to owners rating their vehicles. In the survey, owners had driven their vehicles without changing to winter/snow tires and had faced at least six snowy days during the 2018-2019 winter.
2020 Subaru Ascent scores number one in driving in the snow
The Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey (by subscription) revealed Subaru scored four vehicles in the top-ten models who were rated best all-wheel-drive SUVs in the snow. Here are the Top-10 models starting from number one. Subaru Ascent, Audi Q5, Subaru Outback, BMW X5, Volvo XC60, Audi Q7, Subaru Forester, Jeep Cherokee, Subaru Crosstrek, and Cadillac XT5.
Subaru created a niche brand of all-wheel-drive cars nearly 50 years ago, and they are still dominating today. The Japanese automaker started the small SUV all-wheel-drive segment with the iconic Leone Estate with 4WD. They perfected the Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system on the rally stages and still has the best AWD system today.
2020 Subaru Ascent is the brand’s largest AWD model
Subaru doesn’t have a “one type fits all” approach like most automakers. Every Subaru models come standard with all-wheel drive, but each vehicle gets a “tailored” version of Subaru’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive system to fit a particular powertrain or model. Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD system remains central to the appeal and capabilities of its SUV lineup except for the rear-wheel-drive BRZ sports coupe.
Torque News reported in 2017, Subaru Corporation is the #1 producer of all-wheel-drive vehicles on the planet beating out much larger Audi for the top spot. In the fiscal year April 2015 to April 2016, tiny Subaru sold 965,892 all-wheel-drive vehicles, which represented 15.3 percent of the global market. Auto giant Audi sold 720,510 all-wheel-drive Quattro units around the world.
Shoppers looking for the best all-wheel-drive SUVs in the snow can check out the 2020 Subaru Ascent 3-Row family hauler, newly-redesigned Subaru Outback wagon, Forester compact SUV, and Crosstrek subcompact SUV models that are rated in the top-10 best vehicles by their owners in the snow without changing to snow/winter tires.
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Denis Flierl has invested nearly 30 years in the automotive industry in a variety of roles. All of his reports are archived on our Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Subaru Report. Check back tomorrow for more Subaru news and updates at Torque News!
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