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4 Cars Perfect for All-Season Driving

Cars are ostensibly supposed to be reliable year-round, able to greet whatever hot, cold, windy or wet weather the world has in store. But it doesn’t really work that way, at least not in practice. Try taking an exotic, two-door convertible and dropping it in the middle of a northern winter, and see how well it fares on the back roads. Or take a bulky, 8-seater SUV and see how it does on a summer road trip.

The fact of the matter is that not all cars are appropriate for all seasons. Needs vary according to the time of year. So, there are pretty much two ways you can go about fixing the issue: either join a car subscription service, check out these awesome cars and go month-to-month, switching cars according to the season; or you can find a car that performs well year-round.

This article is going to discuss the latter, listing four cars that don’t compromise on safety, drivability or fuel efficiency, regardless of the season.

Audi A4 Quattro

The Audi A4 is a favourite among discerning drivers looking for an affordable entry into the world of luxury cars. It’s partner vehicle, the A4 Quattro, takes everything great about the A4 and makes it all-wheel drive. What this means for year-round motorists is that the A4 Quattro never loses its safety or edge when the winter rolls around, but remains sporty enough to cruise in the summer heat.

Subaru Outback

The Subaru Outback is a workhorse in a pony’s body. In other words, it’s essentially an SUV in a mid-size package. This YouTube video is a great example of the Outback’s winter performance, as the reviewers subject it to uphill and downhill tests in icy conditions. The fact that it’s compact, however, with ample trunk space, makes it an ideal spring and summer vehicle for road trips and short vacations.

Tesla Model S

It might be tough for some to believe, but the Model S actually performs remarkably well in cold weather. Credit the car’s clean, determined handling and outstanding safety features, which make the Model S a joy to drive in slick conditions. But perhaps the best reason that the Model S is on this list is because its year-round drivability will end up saving you a lot of money on fuel. While other electric cars (ahem, Smart Cars) aren’t suitable for winter, and therefore require a winter substitute, the Model S is up to the challenge.

Mercedes-Benz G

It was between the G-series and the Jeep Wrangler, but ultimately the coveted spot on this list has to go to the G-Series. It sort of looks like a Jeep, but it has the finesse, power, performance and superior handling of a German luxury car. Great for off-roading, on-roading, highway driving and back roads, it’s a Benz like no other.

If you prefer to lease or buy your vehicles long-term, then you want to make sure you get a vehicle that will hold up year round. These four cars, rain or shine, will be there for you.