We’re in the market for a used car to use getting to and fro our house in the country - about 90 miles away. (we live in NYC most of the time and currently have no car). We’d like something good on snow, with a small SUV or wagon body. And we’re hoping to spend no more than $7,500. Thanks for any ideas!
When I had a similar decision, I went with the Forester. In addition to better AWD, it has better crash protection than the older CRVs and Rav4s you’ll get at that price.
The Forester would be the best for winter driving.
The Forester wins, hands down. Its AWD system is far more sophisticated, and therefore superior, to the other two. If you need to drive when there’s snow on the ground, Subaru is the way to go.
Just don’t get cocky. AWD can make you over-confident, and can lead to disaster. You still have to drive slowly and carefully when there’s snow on the ground. Don’t believe what you see on TV.