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What vehicle gets you through Ohio winters?

By Eleanor Published: February 10, 2012

Everyone in northeast Ohio knows we've had a very mild winter  so far. We find plenty of other weather issues to complain about, but the snow and ice have been minor.  If you're happy about this situation  you're welcome! No, I am not claiming to control the weather or even have extra pull in that area, but we did trade in our Saturn Vue on a Chevy Trailblazer this fall.

The Vue was purchased in May of 2008 during the $4+ gas prices. It was a nice size for us; big enough to carry the family, pull our boat and do light hauling, but not so big that I felt I was driving a tank.  We got a great deal on the car and it got 20 mpg or more in city.  We were content in our purchase and loving the savings then came winter.  Some of the same features that allowed the Vue to get great gas mileage and made it nice to drive also made it practically worthless in the snow.  Even with extra weight and good tires hills were nearly impossible, corners were treacherous and straightaways were white knuckle experiences.

Three winters was enough.  This fall found us car shopping again. Our primary requirements were  4 wheel drive and a vehicle my husband I were both comfortable driving. We looked at Nitros, Durangos, Explorers, and various Jeep offerings before deciding on the TrailBlazer. Although we haven't had much snow, the TrailBlazer has more than paid for itself in the storms that we have had. In a great case of "prepare for the worst, hope for the best", we have not yet had cause to engage the 4WD. Happily, even in standard driving mode, the car goes without hesitation and I find my winter driving confidence renewed.

What do you drive when Ohio winter hits?    

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