Want to haul a family without the fuel penalty of a traditional SUV? New full-size AWD sedans look to smooth the way to the mountains.
Grand and gracious full-size sedans come to mind for a night on the town, not a ski trip up to the slopes. But vehicular times they are a-changin’. Some of America’s most beloved four-door family brands now boast models with the winter-beating traction and agility of all-wheel drive, handling all but the deepest of blizzard-buried roads. And even the Koreans are getting into the game.
Today’s full-size crossovers look to fill the traditional role of the family station wagon and can haul seven in total comfort. So much for the good ol’ days.
The ’70S-era Brady Bunch station wagon might be all but extinct, but families aren’t. And neither is the need to haul kids and gear. If you’re not interested in making the jump to an SUV, consider a variety of stylish crossovers—vehicles built on car rather than truck frames—that mix capacity with a smaller size.
With the 2010-2011 ski season fast approaching, we at SKI know that many of you are like us and aren’t lucky enough to own a ski-in ski-out spot. This means we’re driving, usually long distances, to get to the slopes. With that in mind, we decided to give you a quick review of the cars and SUV’s we think are the best equipped for the job. All models reviewed have some form of 4WD or AWD, and all perform exceptionally well in snow. Cars were scored on a 1-5 point scale.