When we think of safe vehicles for driving in winter conditions (you know, snow, ice, cold rain, etc.), our minds often go to trucks. They are big, they are safe (and also good at pulling smaller cars out of ditch), but not all trucks are created equal when it comes to driving in winter weather.
In fact, this writer for Torquenews.com declared that the “Honda Ridgeline Outperforms Chevy, Dodge 4×4 in winter driving conditions.”
According to this writer, “I followed one for a few miles on Monday and was amazed by its obvious exceptional handling as well as skid and slip-free starting and stopping. Both, without the benefit of snow cables or chains…Honda’s success in superior off-road, snow and muddy condition ride and handling comes via the Ridgeline’s exclusive (VTM-4) Variable Torque Management 4 wheel drive system and lock control. No one else in the industry has it. The aforementioned allows the driver by the push of a button to lock the rear differential for up to 18 mph in forward or reverse. No one else in the industry offers this system as a standard feature on a light truck. Stuck in the snow, bogged in the mud, Ridgeline will work its way out of the hole.”
That’s some pretty high praise from a reliable source: the Honda Ridgeline outperforms other trucks in winter driving. And here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve already had our fair share of winter conditions with temperatures in the teens and snow throughout the region.
There won’t be any new Honda Ridgelines for two years, so if you want to check out the 2014 Honda Ridgeline for your winter driving needs, stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda dealership before they are all gone!
According to the writer of this article, all the news of the “historic” blizzards in the Midwest make him want to be there in those storms, but only if he’s in the 2013 Honda Pilot.
While the concept of this article is rather comical (who really wants to be in a blizzard, even if they are in a 2013 Honda Pilot?), the information and reasoning is sound. With the Honda Pilot’s truck-like build, space, comfort features, and safety specs, the 2013 Honda Pilot could be on of the best vehicles to be in if you did happen to get caught in a winter storm.
Here’s why this writer thinks the 2013 Honda Pilot should be your vehicle of choice in a blizzard:
- The 9-inch DVD player that drops down between the first and second row to keep the kids entertained while you crawl (or don’t move at all) on the frozen highway.
- Room for 8 people..or 8 people’s-worth of luggage space. Could come in handy for those “He’s touching me!” moments.
- Room for all your books, laptops, drinks, etc. (because you prepared just in case you got stuck in the blizzard; need to have stuff for entertainment and Pilot has plenty of places to put them)
- Drives better than a truck, but you still get that same safety and security (invaluable in a blizzard)
“We can get lots of snow here in Wenatchee,” said Tod McLaughlin, general manager of Apple Valley Honda in Wenatchee. “The 2013 Honda Pilot is a big, safe vehicle that I think makes people feel safe driving it in winter weather and over the Cascade passes. It has the strength of a truck, but the comfort and space of a great SUV. It’s really the best of both worlds.”
Really, the 2013 Honda Pilot is great even if you do not get stuck in blizzards frequently, but if you live in place with harsh winters or travel frequently over mountain passes, then maybe you should take a look at the 2013 Honda Pilot. Stop by Apple Valley Honda, Sims Honda, or Northwest Honda to take a 2013 Honda Pilot for a test drive today!