Apparently I am not properly stating the snow, road and traffic conditions in this area since there's now question whether I'm confusing front with rear wheel drive or cruising beautifully in long, winding country roads.. Let's try this again.. Imagine New York City traffic on hills. Sure in CT there are some great roads and areas, but I'm not in one. Block to block tight with angry drivers in a hurry but nobody going anywhere fast. People cutting each other off, schoolbusses stopping virtually every other corner, cars, trucks, motorcycles.. pretty regular accidents, overpopuplation.. That is our typical day driving to get her to work and back. Back behind this main road that is so congested is our neighborhood. A series of very steep hills that are a problem for ALL cars whether it's 2" or 2 feet of snow. There isn't a person on our street that drives non 4wd in the snow. It's over 45 degree angle and our driveway is even steeper. I have never seen any 2wd (front or rear snow tires or not) make it up our driveway when any snow has accumulated. In fact, without being plowed and sanded first, if anyone here in 2wd can make it up our driveway in virgin snow I've got a crisp hundred dollar bill for you. Seriously. I've been on this blue marble many years. Owned and driven many a car. Fast, slow, small, large, rear wheel, front wheel, four wheel.. I am keeping the SUV for snow. Period. it's a done deal so snow isn't the issue. I'm looking for the most efficient vehcile for stop and go, hilly driving that can't be read a mile (or even a few blocks) ahead.. For those who have read and understood what I'm asking for and have been answering accordingly, I can't thank you enough. All the research in the world isn't as valuable as personal experiences from people who have already lived these decisions. Thank you - it is really helping in narrowing down what we should be focusing on.