Which vehicles are best for the Chicago winter?

By Product Expert | Posted in Community, FAQ, Safety, Tips & Tricks on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019 at 7:58 pm
A lone individual walks up a snow-covered road in a neighborhood, with slushy tire tracks.

Best Mitsubishi Models for Winter Driving in Chicago

Be ready, Chicagoans: the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicts a particularly snowy winter in Chicago this year. And folks would do well to heed its warning; as weird as the weather was last year, the almanac was 80.5% accurate at predicting it.

In addition to the extra snow, temperatures are predicted to be warmer than usual. This may sound pleasant, but it could mean even more driving danger if temperatures hover around the freezing points and keep roads slick.

With an imposing winter on the way, citizens of Chicago and the surrounding area are looking to stock up on able vehicles that can take it on. Which vehicles are best for staying safe and secure during winter in Chicago?

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Several models from Mitsubishi make great winter rides thanks to the proliferation of all-wheel drive capability and cutting-edge safety features. Mitsubishi values all-wheel drive so much that the majority of vehicles from the automaker are available with the capable drivetrain. Mitsubishi vehicles with available all-wheel drive include such standouts as the 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, 2020 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

All-wheel drive sends differing amounts of engine power to each wheel by determining which wheels have the most traction. This affects the grip on the road. It’s different from four-wheel drive, where all wheels get a uniform amount of traction.

Optimizing traction in this manner can help get a car moving in snow because it increases the odds that at least some tires will “get a grip.” However, still be cautious. For ultimate safety, outfit your vehicle’s wheels with snow tires as well. Snow tires provide the driver with an excellent dose of traction and control. And most of all, stay vigilant as a careful, cautious driver!

A lone individual crosses a crosswalk in a city as snow comes down and the pavement looks slick.Mitsubishi Safety Features for Driving on Snow and Ice

Mitsubishi models are also loaded with excellent safety features. The 2020 Eclipse Cross, for example, can be fitted with Blind Spot Warning, Lane Change Assist, a multi-view camera system, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Fog lights and LED Running Lights ensure optimal visibility during the haze of snowfall, while Forward Collision Mitigation with High Speed Braking Capabilities helps reduce the seriousness of an incident if it does occur.

Other Mitsubishi models are likewise well-equipped. Safety highlights of the 2020 Outlander Sport include Forward Collision Mitigation with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and Auto High Beam lamps. Active Stability Control stays hard at work utilizing a series of sensors to continuously monitor the grip of each tire, keeping communication lines open with the Anti-Lock Braking System to help drivers maintain control in just about any situation.


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