Like it or not, snow can play a significant role in your safety and commute times in the winter months. Although it’s a beautiful backdrop for holiday get-togethers and great for a ski trip, snow can add an element of danger to even the shortest drives. This makes it especially important to choose a vehicle that’s capable of keeping you and your loved ones safe when the flakes start to fly. To help simplify your search, our team at the Schumacher Auto Group has named our top picks for the best cars in the snow and the most helpful features to keep you safe and comfortable when the temperature dips below freezing. Let’s get started!
All-Wheel Drive & Four-Wheel Drive
When it comes to staying safe in slippery winter weather conditions, driving a vehicle equipped with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive can make a tremendous difference. While there are some differences in how these two systems work, the general concept is the same. Having power engaged on all four wheels helps the vehicle maintain traction better than just two. Even in dry conditions, AWD and 4WD can be especially useful when driving on gravel or dirt roads. Modern AWD and 4WD systems also feature automatic activation to help them save on fuel when the extra traction isn’t needed.
Chevrolet Vehicles Available with AWD or 4WD
- Silverado HD
Remote Start System
One of the most coveted convenience options for drivers who regularly deal with winter weather conditions is a remote start system. Available on both the vehicle’s keyfob and via a compatible smartphone, a simple press of a button can start your Chevrolet vehicle to help it warm up prior to you getting behind the wheel. This can be particularly useful by defrosting the windows and windshield, pre-heating the interior, and even remotely activating heated seats (if equipped). All of this means that you can spend less time exposed to the freezing cold weather and more time getting comfortable for the drive. Remote start is available on a wide range of Chevrolet vehicles and can also be installed as an accessory for many more.
Snow / Ice Drive Mode Settings
Although all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive certainly can boost your confidence when driving in the snow, there is another feature found on many Chevrolet vehicles that can be beneficial in the winter months. Depending on the model, you’ll find a dedicated Snow or Ice drive mode setting accessible on either the center console or via the center display within the gauge cluster. When engaged, these drive modes will adjust throttle response, transmission performance, and the traction control system to provide some extra help in deep snow or on icy road surfaces. Even the most experienced drivers can use a helping hand in the colder months due to the unpredictability of snow-covered roads. Snow and Ice drive mode settings found on several Chevrolet vehicles offer another line of defense against the unexpected.
Heated Seats & Steering Wheels
Especially when temperatures drop below freezing, starting your day inside an ice-cold car is an unpleasant experience for many. However, there are a number of Chevrolet vehicles available with heated seats and steering wheels to help you warm up and get comfortable regardless of how cold it is outside. As we’ve covered previously, models equipped with remote start can also activate the heated seats and steering wheel so you’ll always enter a vehicle that’s warm and toasty even on a chilly winter morning. Certain Chevrolet models including the Tahoe, Suburban, and Silverado are even available with heated outboard rear seats so your passengers can enjoy some warmth on your next ski trip as well.
OnStar Emergency Services & Assistance
The reality is you simply cannot predict the unexpected you might encounter on the roads, especially in harsh winter weather conditions. Available on virtually all Chevrolet and General Motors vehicles, OnStar Emergency Services can provide help at the touch of a button. Specially trained OnStar Advisors are available 24/7 to provide help when you need it the most. No matter if it’s as simple as directions to an ice skating rink or if you’re in an emergency situation, an active OnStar plan means that you can get help at a moment’s notice. Available features include Emergency Services, Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, and Turn-By-Turn Navigation. With several different plans available, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.