What Features Are Important To Have In The Winter
Four Wheel Or All Wheel Drive – Four wheel, or all wheel drive vehicles, send power to the front and rear wheels, to give added traction in snowy or icy conditions.
Ground Clearance – There are many places in Ontario, that get several inches of snow in the winter. If this is the case, snow tires alone aren’t going to be much help. The more ground clearance you have, the better. Cars typically have 4 to 6 inches of clearance, while SUVs have about 6 to 8.
Stability And/Or Traction Control – Stability control detects sideways motion, which means that it will activate when your vehicle is sliding through tough icy conditions, and help bring the vehicle back to straight. Traction control senses when your wheels are spinning and reduces power to them, so that you may regain control of your vehicle.
Heated Seats And Steering Wheel – Nothing is worse, on a frosty February morning, than cold seats and steering wheel. It’s the kind of cold that seems to go right through you, and you can’t feel your fingertips. If you want to save yourself the pain, spring for heated seats and a heated steering wheel. You won’t regret it.
Engine Block Heater – When the mercury falls, so can your car batteries life. Choosing a vehicle that is equipped with an engine block heater, will help to keep your car warm when it’s cold, and increase your chances that it’ll start, even on the coldest days.
Top General Motors Vehicles For Winter Driving:
1. Buick Enclave – The Buick Enclave has an impressive 7.6 inch minimum clearance, so it’s great for those of us in the snow belt, or any other area that get several inches of snow at a time. All Wheel Drive is an option, and it still has a rather modest fuel efficiency. Heated seats, and a heated steering wheel are available options, if you want to be warm and cozy this winter. The Enclave also offers a smooth, quiet ride.
2. GMC Sierra – Of our three top picks for Winter vehicles, the Sierra has the most ground clearance, with a whopping 8.2 inches. Opting for four wheel drive, will have you cutting through snow like a warm knife to butter.
3. GMC Yukon – The Yukon offers a very hefty 8 inch ground clearance. It’s size makes it a very popular vehicle for those of us who live in cold climates, due to its size and overall capabilities. Triple sealed doors will help keep drafts at bay, and heated front and rear seats, will ensure that everyone is comfy.