The commute to my new job will be 60 miles each way, on I91 in VT. It's a straight shot, but there is a lot of hilly terrain on this road. I live a mile from the highway and the company is a quarter mile from the exit. I'm looking to buy a car in the next few days, and I plan to use many of the hypermiling techniques to improve MPGs. I have my choice narrowed down to two models, both used. One is a 2005 Vibe with automatic transmission, and the other is a 2005 Scion XB 5 speed. I want a car like either of these for cargo capacity (not for use every day, but for running errands and hauling stuff), and these two cars have pretty respectable MPG numbers, compared to SUVs. I also need the car to be comfortable for these long hauls. Do you have a preference for either of these cars, either because of the car itself or because of the transmission (AT vs 5spd)? Also, what sort of snow tires would you recommend? Thanks.