What's the best seven seater SUV for the snow?
I'm looking for a 2007 - 2010 SUV that seats at least seven people and had really good power in the snow. What SUVs meet this criteria?
I have a Toyota Highlander with the third row seating (seven seats). I was able to easily drive through the mountains in snow no problem. Is it the best? Not sure, but it worked very well for me. I had to drive through snow-covered windy mountain roads to and from work every day in the winter for the past several years.
I have a Lexus GX470 (2006, so older) and I thought of it as a "fluffly" car when I got it. But, I cannot say enough about how great this thing is in the snow (I live in South Lake Tahoe and we get very serious snow!- feet at a time). It's annoying to stop it to put in 4wd, but at least in that year model, it was necessary. Maybe they have changed it since then. Honestly, though, this thing goes so well in the snow and on ice (with all-seasons, no less), that I have only HAD to use 4wd a few times in my 5 years of living here and I live out in the county, on a hill and not in town where the plows run continuously. It is a beast in the snow, and it has high enough clearance that it can get through the four foot dumps of snow on our street if I get called into work before the plows come through. The Toyota 4-Runner is similar, but when I test-drove them, the Lexus gave a better overall feel - or maybe I just thought it did because of the pretty interior
The 3rd row replaces the cargo space so you will have to have one of those roof-mounted carrier things to carry gear.
I just got a 2007 Lexus GX470 with 43K miles and am really looking forward to taking it to Tahoe and seeing how it does in the Snow. I looked at a lot of cars, and I think this is a really good combo of 4wd capabilities and luxury.
Hope you like it. If you have good snow tires, you won't need 4wd much.
Make sure you read the instruction manual and know well how to put it in 4wd before you need it since it's not easy to read the manual on the side of the road in a snowstorm.
I'm really looking forward to driving it in the snow. I'll get on that manual.
If a relatively new seven-seater with power and snow prowess are the keys, then the best options in my mind would be the Toyota Land Cruiser, or the Lexus LX 570 (the luxury variant of the Land Cruiser). These are not cheap trucks, nor do they get very good gas mileage, but they are extremely reliable and have been running for years in some of the planet's most punishing environments. I live in a ski town in Vermont, and there are a substantial amount of Land Cruisers and LX 570s hustling around, casting long shadows over my little Subaru.
If these are too pricy or too gaudy for you, I'd check out the Honda Pilot, or the Acura MDX (the luxury variant of... you get the idea). I'm not sure about the absolute newest versions of these 'utes, but I know that the ones of the past couple years were running on Honda's bulletproof 240 horsepower V6. Both have great traction and high-speed stability. My brother-in-law has an '04 Pilot that has been to some incredible places, and it will comfortably haul seven and their gear.
Best of luck, now's the time to buy.
2007 Lexus GX470 with 43K miles in terms of differential super car possibilities at any moment of life life is very full remember.
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Anything with AWD will be good for you. It might end up being more expensive in the long run, but All Wheel Drive cars are really the best for any terrain. My friend gave me a ride to the store in his Audi during a blizzard, and I couldn't even tell there was snow on the ground. It was ridiculous.
That is a great question! The Lexus GX / Toyota Land Cruiser is a very good pick. Lots of room and power and fairly reliable.
Another option would be to consider a Tahoe / Suburban, they have lots of room, power and winter capabilities. You can find great deals on used ones that won't cost as much as a Toyota/Lexus upfront. They may be less reliable however.
The last and coolest option in our opinion would be a Tesla Model X. They are expensive up front but have loads of power, AWD and 3 rows of seating, plus you never need to freeze at the gas pump!
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