I just picked up my 08 2.5i 5-door Dark Gray Metallic Premium Package three days ago (coming from a 08 Lancer GTS) and in New England, there is nothing like AWD. I have not had a chance to play in the snow with it yet (still only has 400 miles on it) but I will soon. The lancer was by far, the worst vehicle in the snow. Long story short, overall I am very impressed with the new Imp and it's an excellent deal for 20k. Much more value than the Lancer.