A Vermont Car for Every Generation
Looking for a new car that will suit your Vermont lifestyle? Whether you're relocating to Vermont or just a Vermonter in need of a new car, we've got you covered.
What to expect:
While Vermont boasts some of the best weather every summer and fall, you will want to be prepared for a real Vermont winter as well as the ensuing stick and mud season that follows.
Regardless of your brand loyalty or particular needs, you want to make sure that you equip yourself with a good set of snow tires. While AWD (All-Wheel Drive) and 4WD will provide some added benefit on a snowy day, nothing beats a good set of snow tires to ensure you stay on the road. In fact, FWD coupes properly equipped with snow tires will perform better than that of the AWD variety.
Folks just starting their adult life in Vermont are going to be looking for an economical daily driver that will safely get them to and from that new job. Young professionals are likely to take advantage of Vermont's great outdoors and will need extra space for their outdoor gear and toys. You can't drive down a Vermont street without passing a Subaru Outback or Impreza Hatchback. These cars are great options for their extended storage space and excellent winter handling.
If passenger capacity isn't an issue, you might also consider a compact pickup like the classic Toyota Tacoma or the new Chevy Colorado. Both feature 4WD and plenty of cargo space.
Each of these vehicles is a budget-friendly option with a sticker price starting in the $20K range.
Those that need to pile in 4 kids, a dog, plus gear, know that what worked for them in their 20's isn't going to fly now. Though you might be chasing the same outdoor pursuits, you are now lugging around significantly more! Storage space, safety, and convenience are priorities for families. We love the limitless convenience of the Honda Odyssey, which provides room for 7 to 8 passengers as well as cool features like CabinTalk to announce your arrival over the peanut gallery. With a set of winter tires, this mini-van is more than capable of tackling the daily commute to the grocery store, hockey practice, and the mountain. For those that are mini-van averse, check out the Honda Pilot, which offers a number of the same features in SUV form.
An excellent option for those seeking a little bit more luxury, the Volvo XC 90 offers an industry-leading AWD drive system with lots of space for your kids and their friends.
Smaller families who don't prioritize an abundance of passenger space should consider the Toyota Forerunner, while Subaru loyalists should check out the Ascent.
Boomers & Empty Nesters
Vermonters who are nearing or already enjoying retirement in the Green Mountain State have a different list of priorities than the other two groups mentioned. Typically downsizing, those in the baby-boomer generation should look for mid-sized or crossover SUVs that handle well in the snow and are easy to get into and out of. We like the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forrester, or the Volvo V60.
These options include higher clearance, AWD, as well as plenty of features that make your life easier, like backup cameras and lane departure assistance. They also offer plenty of storage for a weekend adventure to the other side of the lake!
Of course, nothing is stopping you from celebrating your life accomplishments with a sweet convertible that spends the colder months in the garage :).
Electric cars are becoming more and more popular with new options from almost every car maker. Charging stations can be found across Vermont, including spots like Healthy Living in South Burlington and Sugarbush Resort in Warren. As you drive through Vermont, you're bound to see more than a few Teslas and Prius' with green plates.
When considering an electric car, keep in mind that cold does impact battery range. Studies show that battery efficiency is reduced by up to 40% at 20 degrees Fahrenheit. As long as you're aware of your commute and your range during the colder months, you should consider an electric car.