When looking for a car to drive in the winters, many people take the SUV route, based on their limited knowledge of cars. However, even though sedans are easily overlooked as the car of choice for the winter season, there are several advantages family sedans have over SUVs to drive in the winter. The key for any family sedan to be a successful winter car is all-wheel drive. An essential component to maneuver easily through the snow, AWD helps a sedan to take charge on snowy and wet roads. A myriad of safety features and climate control come in handy too. Let’s take a look at our top 6 sedans for the winter.
The Dodge Charger is available in two engine options: namely the 370HP Chrysler 5.7 liter Hemi V8 and the 292HP 3.6 liter V6. AWD can be added to all trims except the base one, and coupled with either of these capable powertrains can easily tackle snow. The AWD on this one is intelligent; it disengages the front wheels whenever AWD is not required, and relies on the ambient temperature to do so. Prices start at $32,195.
Audi is the pioneer of a new all-wheel drive system it calls Quattro. The Audi A4 trim with Quattro AWD uses a 211HP 4-cylinder engine. Unless you go for the more expensive S4, the A4 is your ideal choice. It offers great fuel economy, reaching 31 mpg with the 6-speed manual transmission or 29 mpg with the 8-speed automatic. All trims come with leather seats, sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Prices start at $34,000 for the manual trim.
The Ford Fusion offers AWD in its Titanium trim. Sporting a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, this trim outputs 240hp to make driving in snow a breeze. You also get impeccable fuel economy as a bonus, with the sedan achieving 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on highways. This high-end trim costs $33,000, and is not too hard on the pocket considering it’s equipped with heated leather seats, rearview camera and keyless access and starting as well.
The Volvo S60 offers all-wheel drive in its upper-tier T6 R-design trims. Featuring a 3.0L engine, churning out 325HP and 354Nm of torque, the Volvo S60’s powertrain is more than capable to handle the tumultuous snow during winters. Volvo’s focus on safety and its balanced and comfortable drive also tip the scales in its favor and make it another popular choice among the masses. Prices start at $38,000.
The Chrysler 200 is the company’s most famous midsize family sedan, equipped with AWD in its high-end S and C trims. Powering both trims is a huge 295HP 3.6L V6 engine. Featuring dual-zone climate control, rearview cameras, 8.4 inch touchscreen display to aid the nine-speaker entertainment system, and heated steering wheel, Chrysler’s offering is a serious contender in our list. Prices start at $29,690.
The Taurus is a great choice for anyone looking for a large family sedan. It sports AWD in its SEL and Limited trims. The standard engine is a 288HP V6, but another 240HP 4-cylinder option has been launched for those in need of better fuel economy. All trims with AWD also come bundled with the sporty SHO. The trim in our list is the AWD Taurus SEL, with its remote start and dual-zone automatic climate control. Prices start at $31,400.