7 great SUVs for winter

2014 Toyota 4Runner SR5 Premium

Price: $39,685
Fuel Economy: 17 mpg city/21 highway/18 combined
Payload: 1,625 lbs.
Max Towing: 4,700 lbs.

We've always liked the pure ruggedness of the 4Runner. But its sure-footed off-road performance doesn't mean you can't enjoy a smooth, quiet ride on solid pavement. It can also carry a lot of stuff, boasting one of the biggest payload capacities in our slide show. We picked the relatively cheap SR5 Premium for this list because it comes with most of the winter-fighting features, such as heated outside mirrors and heated front seats, downhill assist and windshield wiper de-icer. There are plenty of tech goodies, too. The 4Runner has been redesigned for 2014 and the "muscular" new look is quite a departure from previous years. But mechanically, you'll feel right at home. The 270-horsepower 4-liter V-6 and five-speed automatic transmission are mostly unchanged, and the driver still has to manually switch from RWD to 4WD.

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