7 great SUVs for winter

2014 Land Rover Range Rover

Price: $83,545
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/23 highway/19 combined
Payload: 1,806 lbs.
Max Towing: 7,716 lbs.

We saved the priciest and most luxurious choice for last. The Range Rover's leather-lined, meticulously constructed cabin is crammed full of whiz-bang technology and high-end amenities, such as a navigation system and a 13-speaker surround-sound audio system. Its performance on dry pavement is impeccable. Its off-road and foul-weather capabilities are extensive. We especially like the Range Rover's automatic All-Terrain Response System, which calibrates its four-wheel drive for specific surfaces and conditions, such as snow. By using lots of aluminum body parts and other weight-saving technology, engineers extracted over 900 pounds from the Range Rover when it was redesigned last year. That's why this brute manages to equal the Grand Cherokee's list-topping fuel economy. Just remember: The 340-horsepower 3-liter supercharged V-6 (with eight-speed, driver-shiftable automatic transmission) runs on premium gas.

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