The challenge: Find the best vehicle for a winter sports adventure, deep into snowy Utah.
Trucks.com selected four vehicles that aren’t typically compared against each other in the automotive industry. We included the top-selling Chevrolet Tahoe SUV and a Ford F-150 pickup. But not everyone wants a hulking vehicle that’s often hard to park and sucks up gasoline. So we added a Subaru Outback station wagon and the Tesla electric Model X crossover. We wanted to see how an all-electric vehicle fares in the snow.
We also recruited a panel of expert-level skiers and snowboarders to help us evaluate how well the vehicles fit an active winter sports lifestyle. Our panel included outdoor enthusiast Arielle Shipe, backcountry skier Justin Mayers, adventure photographer Samuel Lippke and board-riding attorney Steve Isbell.
They drove with us on the 430-mile round trip from Las Vegas to Brian Head, in southern Utah, about an hour and a half up Interstate 15 from St. George.
At an altitude of 9,800 feet, Brian Head is among the highest towns in the continental U.S., providing a perfect setting for vehicle testing on icy roads in subfreezing weather. We were blessed with a snowstorm that enabled us to test the vehicles in the worst of conditions.
Here’s a rundown on how each of the four vehicles performed.