I have owned five vehicles in my ten years of driving. Six, if you count my wife’s CX-5. I shall rank their snow driving abilities.
1 (The Best): 1999 Pontiac Grand Am GT1. This thing was a BEAST in the snow. Beast. During the infamous Kentucky Ice Storm of 2009, my Grand Am was the only vehicle in my family that was able to get out of the driveway. I went through foot-tall snow drifts with ease.
2. 2008 Mazda3 S Touring: Despite its small stature and low profile tires, this car was also a triump in winter weather. Several times, I made it to work and parked amongst the SUVs and trucks. I was often the only car (non-SUV/truck) there. Once, in college, I had to go pick my roommate up when his Jeep Grand Cherokee got stuck on campus.
3. 1992 Chevrolet Beretta : Same ol’ story. Front wheel drive, relatively heavy, low power. And more ground clearance since I never got around to lowering it.
4. 2016 Mazda6 i Touring: This car is fine in the snow, even with its 19 inch low profile tires. Traction control does its job without being too intrusive and there’s enough weight to hold things steady. Although, I’ve only driven it in the snow once (today).
5. 1995 Chevrolet S10 LS: The four-wheel-drive is broken. The tires are great, but the truck is small. Six inches of snow effectively stranded it. Scariest drive to work I have EVER had. Made me question any and all driving skills I’ve acquired since 2006. It literally can’t move from the parking spot it is in. Needless to say, I’m perturbed. If the fix is expensive, it’s going up for sale.
Bonus: Wifey’s car. 2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD: Frontwheel drive automatic crossover equals GREAT in the snow. Who knew? 9 to 10 inches of snow with some ice underneath were no match for it in March 2015. Literally didn’t even spin. My 3 was good in the snow but didn't have the ground clearance, so it's a good thing the cute ute was taller.