Choosing the best car for a ski trip

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Close-up photograph of the wheel of an Audi Quattro on snow.

Jalopnik names the original Audi Quattro as the best car for a ski trip. (Photo Credit: CC BY/ajball90/Flickr)

Looking to fill your winter with the excitement of a ski trip? If you’re like most people, you’re going to need good wheels to get you to the hill. That’s why it’s important to know the best car for a ski trip. Here are some ideas to bring you and big powder together.


Any ski trip car worth its salt should provide reasonable mpg. Skiing can be an expensive hobby, so saving money on gas helps. Of course, all the mpg in the world won’t save you if your ski trip vehicle doesn’t have spot-on ABS brakes, traction and stability control. If the vehicle is AWD, all the better. It should corner flat and have the power to pass slow-goers on two-lane roads at high altitudes.

In addition to bringing economy and just enough power to your ski trip adventure, the vehicle should also be reliable. Research a model’s repair history and peruse the Carfax report before you buy.

Safe, comfy hauling

Safety is also an important part of a ski trip vehicle’s makeup. In the event of a crash, you want to know that your vehicle won’t crumple like an aluminum can. The car should also have good headlights. Good seats and a fine sound system are mandatory for long jaunts up and down the mountain. While it may be a given that your ski trip car should be able to cart all of your gear, it should do so comfortably. If passengers and gear can’t co-exist, you have a problem.

Some ski trip vehicles to consider

Jeep Cherokee offers many of the above amenities. The Subaru Outback is also very balanced. Few vehicles can beat the Chevrolet Suburban for hauling capacity — ditto for the GMC Yukon Denali. Some swear by the wintertime ingenuity of the Mazda CX-5 but want more power. The Toyota RAV4 is also a contender in the field.

[Find great deals on the Mazda CX-5 at Valparaiso Mazda]

Jalopnik names the original 1980 Audi Quattro as the best car for a ski trip. With stability, power and an AWD system that grips the road like a truck or AMC Eagle, the Ur-Quattro easily fits four and does it in retro style


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