Best Used SUV for Snow Driving

Best Used SUVs for Snow - Basil Resale of Buffalo

Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or if it’s your very first winter in Buffalo, driving in the snow presents a challenge for even the most experienced drivers. While it’s not necessarily a requirement, driving a vehicle that’s equipped to tackle deep snow, slippery road conditions, and icy driveways can certainly make a world of difference. Of all categories of vehicles, an SUV equipped with all-wheel drive is perhaps the best vehicle to tackle this challenge. To help narrow down your choices, our team at Basil Resale of Buffalo has named our top picks for the best used SUVs for snow driving.


Consumer Reports

Best Used SUVs for Snow

One of the leading automotive critics, Consumer Reports, recently conducted a survey in which current owners of 2012 to 2015 models were asked about their top choices for vehicles that excel when driven in snowy conditions*. Listed below, we’ve compiled our selections from this list based on a combination of value, versatility, and availability. Here are our top 3 choices!


Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner Limited

A favorite among SUV drivers for over two decades, the adventurous Toyota 4Runner has demonstrated time and time again why it remains an excellent choice for drivers in snowy winter climates. Its truck-based platform provides the 4Runner with rugged, go-anywhere performance capabilities when paired with its muscular V6 engine and 4WD system. Available with both part-time and full-time 4WD, the 4Runner has features like Active Traction Control (A-TRAC) to help give you a helping hand when the road conditions turn slippery. Purpose-built for off road adventure, you’ll have the confidence of an approach angle of 33 degrees, a departure angle of 26 degrees, and a massive 9.6 inches of ground clearance on 4Runner TRD Off-Road variants. 4X4 trims include skid plates to help guard the engine/front suspension, fuel tank, and transfer case from damage when driving during harsh winter weather conditions. Outstanding resale value, proven reliability, and an array of connectivity features make the Toyota 4Runner an exceptional choice for driving in the winter.

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Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe Snow

Next up on our top picks for the best used SUV for snow driving is the family-favorite Chevrolet Tahoe. Just like its GMC Yukon sibling, the Tahoe features robust body-on-frame construction for a smooth ride and long-lasting durability. Great for year-round performance, beneath the hood of the Tahoe lies a robust V8 engine that can also be equipped with the confidence of a selectable 4X4 system. If you’re shopping for a 9th or 10th generation Tahoe, you’ll have your choice of the value-packed LS, capable LT, or the luxurious LTZ — proving that there’s a trim level to suit the needs of all families. Cutting-edge safety features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors provide additional confidence behind the wheel. Chose the Tahoe LTZ and you’ll receive a state-of-the-art Magnetic Ride Control suspension to help you adapt to changing road conditions including snow. Exceptional in the snow, the Chevrolet Tahoe is the perfect companion for winter driving in Buffalo, NY.

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Ford Expedition

Ford Expedition

Last but certainly not least, the Ford Expedition offers an unparalleled combination of spacious comfort, muscular performance, and outstanding capabilities when the snow starts to fly. Depending on which generation you choose, a 5.4-liter V8 or EcoBoost V6 engine each provide robust power for towing your biggest toys on your next weekend adventure. In face, certain Expedition models can tow up to 9,300 pounds (when properly equipped) all while carrying 8 passengers in complete comfort. Expedition Limited and King Ranch trims feature luxurious interior amenities including supple leather seating with heated massage functions for the driver, a feature certainly appreciated on cold winter mornings. Lower the folding second and third rows of seating to create a cavernous cargo space inside for keeping your gear warm, dry, and secure, something a full-size pickup can’t offer. Whether you’re headed up the mountain for a weekend ski trip or across town for hockey practice, you can count on the Ford Expedition to tackle challenging winter weather conditions.

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