full vehicle lineupThe challenge: Find the best vehicle for a winter sports adventure, deep into snowy Utah. 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.

vehicles 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.

2018 Chevy Tahoe
2018 Chevy Tahoe Review
Learn how the Chevrolet Tahoe performs in snow and ice.

2018 Ford F-150
2018 Ford F-150 Review
Learn how the Ford F-150 performs in snow and ice.

2018 Subaru Outback
2018 Subaru Outback Review
Learn how the Subaru Outback performs in snow and ice.

2018 Tesla Model X
2018 Tesla Model X
Learn how the Tesla Model X performs in snow and ice.

2018 Winter Hacks
2018 Winter Hacks
Learn how to get your truck out of sticky cold weather situations.

2018 Adventure Drive Video’s 2018 Winter Adventure Drive in Brian Head, Utah
Watch our video:’s 2018 Winter Adventure Drive