There is no doubt that one of the best vehicles for driving through snow and ice is the SUV. Nissan happens to have three of these in its 2015 lineup, and they're all ready to take on the winter and keep driver and passengers alike safe and cozy.
The Xterra has an intimidating presence with rugged styling cues on its exterior, and that's not for nothing. The SUV boats a suspension that's built for off-roading, and a tough boxed ladder frame. The 4.0-liter DOHC 24 valve V6 engine provides drivers with 261 hp. In addition to all of this, the Xterra comes with a number of safety features that would help out on icy roads. The vehicle comes standard with Hill Descent Control and Hill Start Assist, and the Electronic Locking Rear Differential feature allows you to deliver equal power to both rear wheels in order to boost traction.
The Nissan Armada is a force to be reckoned with. With an incredibly strong steel box frame, 20-inch alloy wheels, and a 5.6-liter 32-valve Endurance V8 engine with 317 hp, the Armada charges proudly ahead through all weather conditions. Perhaps the most helpful standard feature of this SUV in the winter would be the highly advance All-Mode Four Wheel Drive, which senses, responds, and adapts to changing road conditions, switching back and forth between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive depending on whether you need extra traction or not and to improve fuel efficiency. The available NavWeather feature on the infotainment touchscreen display could also come in handy, allowing drivers to check weather and road conditions on the go.
As the IIHS Top Safety Pick, there is no doubt the Pathfinder is an excellent choice for a winter vehicle. The Pathfinder comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a system that allows drivers to choose between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, or, if you'd rather leave that up to the car, the SUV also has an Auto Mode feature that automatically adjusts depending on road conditions. The Pathfinder has a number of other safety features, such as the Around View Monitor that utilizes four cameras to give drivers a 360-degree view of the area around the car, Traction Control System, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brake force Distribution. The Vehicle Dynamic Control feature can also reduce engine power and apply brake pressure to specific wheels, just in case you need that extra bit of help on slippery winter roads.
Any of the above vehicles make excellent choices for car buyers looking for something to keep them feeling secure through ice and snow this winter. If you're interested in any of them, feel free to stop by Lewis Nissan for a test drive today.