Montana is known to pack a punch when it comes to winter. While some winters are milder, others can last half the year, or more.

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From snow to wind and ice, if you're new to winter driving, you will want to ensure that you have a well-equipped vehicle to deal with the conditions across the state. For many, all-wheel or 4-wheel drive is a must. Not only does it provide better traction, but there is also a sense of security that comes along with it.

However, remember that just because a vehicle has all-wheel or 4-wheel drive, doesn't mean that you won't have issues when driving in Montana winters. If you're a winter weather driving newbie, one of the best things you can do is practice.  We suggest an empty parking lot with no other cars around.

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Which is better, all-wheel or 4-wheel drive?

That's a great question! The truth is, it depends. If you plan on doing most of your driving in a more populated area on a highway, an all-wheel drive could very well be your best bet. However, if you plan on driving in a more rural area where the roads might not be plowed as often, then a 4-wheel drive vehicle might be a better fit.

Which vehicle should I choose when it comes to winter driving in Montana?

For many Montanans, there is a certain brand of vehicle that they're loyal to and while almost all brands produce quality all-wheel and 4-wheel drive vehicles, some brands have a stellar reputation when it comes to winter driving.

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The folks over at US News and World Report came out with their top picks for the best winter vehicles for the 2023/2024 winter season and many Montanans will not be surprised by a couple of the top choices.

The Best Vehicles For Winter Driving In Montana

In need of the perfect vehicle for winter driving in Montana? There are several different options when it comes to buying a vehicle with all-wheel or 4-wheel drive, however, according to U.S. News and World Report, these are the top vehicles for winter weather driving.

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Here's 8 States That Have Longer And Harsher Winters Than Montana

Winter can be brutal here in Montana with lots of wind, snow, and temperatures well below zero. In fact, that alone should be a word of warning for those thinking of moving here from warmer climates.

A lot goes into being prepared to live in a state with rough winters and if you've never done it before, you certainly need to make sure that you are prepared. You need to make sure you have the right tires, vehicle, and winter clothing. Plus, I would highly suggest you learn how to drive in winter conditions before moving to a state that celebrates winter 6 months out of the year.

And while winters can be very rough here in Montana, we don't even crack the Top 5 for States With The Most Brutal Winters.

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Stacker created a list of 50 cozy American towns to visit each winter. Towns were selected based on visitor opinions, ratings from nationwide publications, and tourist attractions.

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