Four Good Winter Cars for D.C.

Driving in Washington, D.C. is tough in the best of weather. Add in some snow or ice and driving becomes downright treacherous. You might remember the Snowmageddon event in 2010 when nearly two feet of snow fell in the D.C. area, shutting down the city and making travel a nightmare. Thankfully Washington, D.C. doesn’t get big snowstorms to often, but winter driving can still be a challenge. These four cars can make your winter commute in D.C. a little safer and a little more comfortable.

Subaru Outback


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The all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback station wagon is a great winter car for D.C. It is small enough to fit down the tight city roads and roomy enough to relax in while you are sitting in traffic. The Outback also has a higher ground clearance than most small vehicles at 8.7 inches, giving you a little more room to get over the snow.

This car comes with safety features like a rear back-up camera with automatic rear braking and a blind spot detector to alert you if there is another car in the lane you are trying to move into.

Jeep Cherokee

Jeep is a brand synonymous with going anywhere you want to be. That means this mid-size SUV comes with some great features to make winter driving in D.C. a breeze. The Quadra-Trac I comes standard on all Jeep Cherokees and is an automatic 4×4 system. That means you don’t even have to think about turning on your four-wheel drive; the Jeep will do it for you.

The Jeep also has fuel-saving technology that is perfect for driving in Washington, D.C. The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine will turn off the fuel to the engine when the vehicle is stopped and restart the engine when the brake is released. Think of how much fuel you will save when you are sitting in traffic on I-95.

BMW 3 Series Sedan


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The BMW 3 Series Sedan has two features that make it perfect for winter driving in D.C. First, it comes with the X-Drive system, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that senses road conditions and automatically sends power to the wheels with the most traction. Second, it has a heads-up display.

Information about the speed limit, your speed, and traffic conditions are projected right on the windshield, meaning there is never a reason to take your eyes off the road. If you connect your Bluetooth device, information about the person calling will also appear on the heads-up display. Don’t feel like talking to Great Aunt Maggie while you are driving in the snow? Just say “Reject,” and the phone will send the poor old gal to voicemail.

Volvo XC60 AWD

Another all-wheel-drive vehicle for you to consider is the Volvo XC60 all-wheel-drive crossover. The vehicle comes with a 360-degree camera and driver assist, a semi-autonomous driving feature that will help you drive in slow-moving traffic jams. Perfect for D.C.

Driving in Washington, D.C. is a challenge at the best of times. Add winter weather and it becomes even worse. Any of these four cars is a great choice for winter driving in D.C. Pick your favorite and head into town in any type of weather.