On Friday we asked you what cars make for the best winter beaters. There were a ton of responses, but here are the answers we saw repeated the most.
With a good set of snow tires, pretty much any E30-generation BMW 3-Series makes for a good winter car. But there's no beating the 325ix. It's an all-wheel drive E30 equipped with the 2.5-liter inline six from the 325i, with added fender flares and more ride height. It even has a limited-slip differential in the rear, making it incredibly capable in all conditions.
Sometimes you want a winter beater that's big and comfortable. In that case, look no further than the Ford Crown Victoria. Sure it's rear-wheel drive, but the giant trunk has plenty of space to add weight over the rear tires. They're built to last, and you can also find them for sale no matter where you're looking.
Jeep Wranglers are great, but in a blizzard, doors and a roof are much-appreciated. In that case, you'll want an XJ. Its engine will run forever, and its four-wheel drive system will keep you from getting stuck. And when the snow melts, you can take it muddin'.
Just because it the weather gets colder and the days get shorter doesn't mean you should have to give up on your fun. With the top up and a proper set of snow tires on the wheels, the properties that make a Miata great fun in the summer also make it a great car in the winter. The low price of many less-than-perfect NA Miatas makes them even more appealing. (He's right, I drive a lowered Miata on snow tires and it's super capable - Ed.)
You might want to skip the AMG version if you're looking for a true winter beater, but a W202 can add a little class and some luxury features to your snowy drive. You'll also get a few more safety features than the ultra-low price bracket might suggest.
Though it might not have the big V8 from the S4, the A4 1.8T remains a great winter car thanks to Audi's signature Quattro AWD system. Throw in a set of snows, and you'll be effortlessly plowing through blizzards in no time.
Buying a car from a brand that no longer exists is always a risk, but Saab 900s are cheap enough that you might not care. They're drive great in the snow, and if you're exceptionally brave, you'll go for the 900 Turbo. Plus, they look cool even when they're covered in salt.
If you need any proof that a Subaru makes a great winter beater, look no further than the approximately ten trillion Subarus driving around New England in the winter. Older Outbacks are some of the least-expensive Subarus you can buy, and you still get that great all-wheel drive system.
If you want a car with all-wheel drive and a little extra ride height to get around in all winter, you could buy a Volvo XC90 or an Audi allroad, but if you want that car to be inexpensive, as well, you might want to look at the Suzuki SX-4. When it was new, it was the least-expensive all-wheel drive car you could buy.
Not everyone in Vermont drives a Volvo 240, but sometimes it sure can feel like it. The 240 is the kind of car that will last far longer than it has any right to, and if you're looking for a winter beater, that's a huge . If you happen to make a mistake and put it into a snowbank, you probably won't break anything, either.