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Best Small Cars for Snow for 2024

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

The best small car for snow is the Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback, with 5.5 inches of ground clearance. For a vehicle to make the iSeeCars Best Small 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. Small cars 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. While models are ranked primarily by ground clearance, when two vehicles are within 0.5 inches of ground clearance iSeeCars uses a model's safety score, key features for driving in snow, and iSeeCars Score to break ties. The second best small car for snow is the Mazda Mazda3 Sedan with 5.5 inches of ground clearance.

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What is the best small car for snow?
  1. Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback
  2. Mazda Mazda3 Sedan

The best small car for snow is the Mazda Mazda3 Hatchback, with 5.5 inches of ground clearance. For a vehicle to make the iSeeCars Best Small 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. Small cars 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. While models are ranked primarily by ground clearance, when two vehicles are within 0.5 inches of ground clearance iSeeCars uses a model's safety score, key features for driving in snow, and iSeeCars Score to break ties. The second best small car for snow is the Mazda Mazda3 Sedan with 5.5 inches of ground clearance.

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iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

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9.1 / 10
  • Reliability 8.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.3 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10
iSEECARS SCORE

iSeeCars Best Car Rankings are calculated based on an analysis of data from over 12 million cars that assesses how long each vehicle lasts and how well it retains its value over time, along with safety data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association

See how we rank these cars
9.1 / 10
  • Reliability 8.9 / 10
  • Value Retention 8.4 / 10
  • Safety 10 / 10

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).