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Best Sedans for Snow for 2024

These are the best sedans for snow based on iSeeCars' analysis of each vehicle’s ground clearance and key features for driving safely in the snow

The best small and compact car for snow is the Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback (5.5 inches inches of ground clearance), with the BMW 3 Series (hatchback) being the best luxury small and compact car for snow (6.5 inches inches of ground clearance). The Subaru Legacy ranks #1 for the best midsize cars for snow (5.9 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best luxury midsize car for snow is the BMW 5 Series (6.1 inches inches of ground clearance) and the best large car for snow is the Toyota Avalon (5.9 inches inches of ground clearance). Topping the list for the best luxury large cars for snow is the Genesis G90 (5.8 inches inches of ground clearance), while the Toyota Sienna (hybrid) ranks first for the best hybrid cars for snow (7.0 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best luxury hybrid car for snow is the Volvo S60 (Plug-in Hybrid) (5.8 inches inches of ground clearance), which is also the best luxury plug-in hybrid cars for snow (PHEV). The Polestar 2 ranks #1 for the best electric cars for snow (5.9 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best luxury electric car for snow is the Polestar 2 (5.9 inches inches of ground clearance), with the Tesla Model 3 being the best small and compact electric car for snow (5.5 inches inches of ground clearance). The Porsche 911 (coupe) ranks #1 for the best luxury 2-seater cars for snow (6.3 inches inches of ground clearance).

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How We Rank These Cars

The best Cars for snow rank vehicles by their ground clearance and key features helpful to driving safely in the snow.

For a vehicle to make the iSeeCars Best Cars for Snow list, it has to have standard or optional four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and at least 5.5 inches of ground clearance. Vehicles that meet these requirements are ranked by their ground clearance, as higher ground clearance allows for safer and more effective travel over increasingly deep snow. When two vehicles are within 0.5 inches of ground clearance we prioritize by each model's safety score, then by key features for driving safely in snow, and finally by the iSeeCars Score, to break ties.

The iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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