I agree 100% with crosscountry: good snow tires make more difference than type of AWD/4WD system. I do own a late model Subaru Forester (which I think has one of the better systems), as well as a UX250h. I live in the hills of central PA and experienced a couple of late-year snow storms. The UX, with stock all season tires, is shockingly good in the snow. My garage is at the end of an unpaved, hilly road, and it never faltered. Of course, it's far too early to ascertain durability, etc. By next winter we'll have snow tires. Really, I think the limiting factor is probably ground clearance.