7 great SUVs for winter

2014 Ford Expedition Limited EL

Price: $54,000
Fuel Economy: 13 mpg city/18 highway/15 combined
Payload: 1,580 lbs.
Max Towing: 8,700 lbs.

When it comes to pulling a load through snow and slush, the Expedition EL is at the head of our class. The Limited version can tow nearly 4.5 tons with an integrated trailer brake controller to help you avoid any nasty surprises back there. Its leather seating accommodates up to eight, with a third-row split bench seat that automatically folds into the floor with the push of a button. Expedition's winter equipment includes heated outside mirrors and front bucket seats. A power liftgate is among the many upscale Limited trim goodies. On the list of safety features are front and rear parking sensors and a backup camera. A 310-horsepower 5.4-liter V-8 and six-speed automatic make this truck a true beast exactly when you need it.