KBB names best winter cars

December 29, 2011 12:00 AM

As winter approaches, drivers need to start thinking about how they're going to get around with snow and ice on the ground. It's helpful to have a vehicle suited for the winter weather, and fortunately Kelley Blue Book recently revealed its picks for the top winter cars of 2011.

"Although this purposefully diverse roster includes a full spectrum of highly capable alternatives, all share one common trait: Each boasts some type of user-friendly all-wheel drive system that can help keep you on the road – figuratively and literally – as you head to your final destination," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book. "Whether that journey involves a mundane commute to work or a well-deserved weekend getaway to a favorite ski resort is up to you."

Models that made the grade include the Subaru Impreza, Chevrolet Traverse, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda CR-V, Ford F-150, Toyota Sienna and the Range Rover Evoque, which topped the list.

Those that don't have the money to purchase one of these new vehicles will have to work with their current car to get through the winter season. A set of new tires can work wonders on just about any vehicle, and it never hurts to do some routine auto maintenance, like tune-ups or radiator flush & fills, to take care of any nagging issues before they get worse.

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