Don't get too upset guys. The Subaru AWD is superior, no doubt, but the current Forester is just as boring as any other small/midsize SUV. When the Forester stood out up till 2008 the "box" was fun and the XT with manual was a blast. Subaru is doing a great job driving the brand to increase sales, but that means getting less unique to capture more market. As far as winter transport, I value my prius more than an AWD system. In the DC area, some ding dongs in there powerful RWD sedans will get stuck on every major and minor roadway, blocking every entrance and exit getting home. I had 5 strangers in my Prius keeping warm after there cars ran out of gas sitting on the road idling for 5 hours. If you can't move the powertrain doesn't matter. Before you blast me, I was once a hardcore Subaru guy and still love the brand, but the company is lagging in areas. Most people won't look at how the AWD system works, they just look at the trunk for the AWD logo.