7 great SUVs for winter

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo E

Price: $35,185
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/24 highway/19 combined
Payload: 1,320 lbs.
Max Towing: 6,200 lbs.

Everyone agrees: The Grand Cherokee has one of the nicest, most upscale interiors you'll find on any SUV. We prefer to praise its exceptional capabilities on snow and ice. The price listed here includes $1,695 for an all-weather package that not only upgrades the AWD system to Quadra Trac II, offering a neutral gear for ease of towing behind another vehicle like an RV, but includes such winter essentials as an engine block heater, heated front seats and heated steering wheel. Thanks to its 290-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 and eight-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission, Grand Cherokee tied for the best estimated combined fuel economy among our picks. We could have opted for a more expensive version with a V-8 engine, but why? This Grand Cherokee covers all our required bases and then some.

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