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Best SUVs for Snow for 2024

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

The best subcompact SUV for snow is the Subaru Crosstrek (9.3 inches inches of ground clearance), with the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque being the best luxury subcompact SUV for snow (8.3 inches inches of ground clearance). The Subaru Outback ranks #1 for the best small and compact SUVs for snow (9.5 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best luxury small and compact SUV for snow is the Land Rover Defender (9.0 inches inches of ground clearance) and the best midsize SUV for snow is the Ford Bronco (13.1 inches inches of ground clearance). Topping the list for the best luxury midsize SUVs for snow is the Land Rover Discovery (11.1 inches inches of ground clearance), while the Ford Expedition ranks first for the best large SUVs for snow (10.6 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best luxury large SUV for snow is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (10.5 inches inches of ground clearance), with the Subaru Outback being the best crossover SUV for snow (9.5 inches inches of ground clearance). The Land Rover Discovery ranks #1 for the best luxury crossover SUVs for snow (11.1 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best three-row SUV for snow is the Ford Expedition (10.6 inches inches of ground clearance) and the best luxury three-row SUV for snow is the Land Rover Discovery (11.1 inches inches of ground clearance). Topping the list for the best hybrid SUVs for snow is the Jeep Wrangler (Plug-in Hybrid) (10.8 inches inches of ground clearance), while the Volvo XC90 (Plug-in Hybrid) ranks first for the best luxury hybrid SUVs for snow (8.8 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best plug-in hybrid SUV for snow (PHEV) is the Jeep Wrangler (Plug-in Hybrid) (10.8 inches inches of ground clearance), with the Volvo XC90 (Plug-in Hybrid) being the best luxury plug-in hybrid SUVs for snow (PHEV) (8.8 inches inches of ground clearance). The GMC HUMMER EV (suv) ranks #1 for the best electric SUVs for snow (10.2 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best luxury electric SUV for snow is the GMC HUMMER EV (suv) (10.2 inches inches of ground clearance) and the best 7-seater SUV for snow is the GMC Yukon (10.0 inches inches of ground clearance). Topping the list for the best hybrid 7-seater SUVs for snow is the Toyota Sequoia (hybrid) (9.1 inches inches of ground clearance), while the Land Rover Discovery ranks first for the best luxury 7-seater SUVs for snow (11.1 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best electric luxury 7-seater SUV for snow is the Rivian R1S (8.8 inches inches of ground clearance), which is also the best electric luxury 7-seater SUV for snow. The Ford Bronco ranks #1 for the best 5-seater SUVs for snow (13.1 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best 6-seater SUV for snow is the Mazda CX-9 (8.8 inches inches of ground clearance) and the best 8-seater SUV for snow is the Ford Expedition (10.6 inches inches of ground clearance). Topping the list for the best luxury 5-seater SUVs for snow is the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (10.5 inches inches of ground clearance), while the Lincoln Aviator ranks first for the best luxury 6-seater SUVs for snow (8.3 inches inches of ground clearance).

The best luxury 8-seater SUV for snow is the Lexus LX 570 (8.9 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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