What is the best Mazda for winter driving?

By Product Expert | Posted in Driving Tips, FAQs, Mazda CX-9, Tips on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 6:12 pm
dark gray mazda cx-9 driving in snow by shops

We all know that driving in the wintertime can be a pain in the neck. The roads are slippery, visibility can be diminished, and other drivers seemingly never know what they’re doing. All of that can be made a little easier if you have the right vehicle. And if you’re looking for a Mazda to drive in the winter, we recommend checking out the Mazda CX-9. 

You might also be interested in: Winter driving safety reminders 

What Mazda vehicles have all-wheel drive? 

We suggested the Mazda CX-9, but really, any crossover in the lineup with i-ACTIV AWD® would be a great option. In addition to the Mazda CX-9, the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-5 also come available with i-ACTIV AWD®. Of these models, the Mazda CX-9 is the largest one and generally has better handling on slippery or rough terrain. If staying safe on the roads in the snow is a top concern of yours, the Mazda CX-9 fitted with i-ACTIV AWD® will be a very safe bet for you. 

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Ways you can get better traction in the snow and ice left side view of silver mazda cx-9 driving in snow

If you don’t have all-wheel drive on your vehicle, there are still things you can do to help your traction and grip. If your car has rear-wheel drive, you should put more weight in the back. Load up the trunk with sandbags or kitty litter and your rear tires will have an easier time gripping the road. For front-wheel drivers, it isn’t as simple. Without making any alterations to your car or tires, you can get better traction by driving in the tracks made by other drivers. This isn’t ideal, but you will certainly notice a difference. Other ways to get a better grip on winter roads include tire socks, winter-specific tires, and simply driving slower. Have a safe winter out on the roads! 

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