Winter is right around the corner. Heck, some of my friends in Minnesota have already received measurable snowfall. I've got my mismatched studded winter tires ready for my Yaris, and our AWD Suzuki SX4 is just itching for its first trip up the mountain.
The AWD SX4 gets my vote for best currently available subcompact in the the snow, at least in the U.S. It's got all-wheel drive and a "lock" mode that splits power 50/50 to the front/rear wheels—great in the deep stuff.
However, there have been some pretty good small 4WD/AWD vehicles sold in the U.S.:
- 4WD Subaru Justy
- 4WD Toyota Tercel wagon
- 4WD Dodge Colt Vista
- AWD Mitsubishi Expo LRV/Eagle Summit Wagon/Plymouth Colt Vista
- Suzuki Samurai
Let's not discount the ability of some FWD vehicles with a good set of snow tires, too. My old 1979 Honda Civic 1200, with it's 145/80/12 tires was beast in the snow.
So what do you think the best wintertime subcompact is or was?