Winter is rapidly approaching. And where we live that means, as it does in many other parts of the country, freezing cold weather, filthy slush pools, snowy drifts, and layers of cumbersome and unattractive outerwear. But there is a relatively affordable way to counteract all aspects of this cruelest season: Buy yourself a vintage four-wheel-drive vehicle. Not only will it protect you from the elements, keep you warm, and get you through the worst of the weather (particularly if you shod it with snow tires and take a winter driving class), it will also make you look incredibly stylish and knowledgeable.
Click through the slideshow to see our dozen top picks. Decent examples of every one of them can be had for under $15,000 – less than the cost of the cheapest new car.
1991-1996 Subaru SVX
When discussing all-wheel-drive vehicles, Subaru is unavoidable. But most of the brand's output either lacks style – there were decades of bland Outback wagons – or has too much of the wrong kind, for instance, its infamous car-truck combo, the BRAT. This luxurious, pricey, aerodynamic grand tourer breaks the mold. Though competitive all-wheel-drive sports cars like the Mitsubishi 3000GT were faster and more sophisticated, this one is more sleek and less adolescent, and thus, our favorite of the breed.
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