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Old 03-10-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the input, everyone!
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:39 PM
 
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I live a half mile from the nearest neighbor in an isolated mountain cabin on a dirt road for a huge chunk of the year.

I drive an older Honda Civic and have been stuck once, and that was on the Hill in downtown Boulder. My nearest neighbor also have a mid-90's honda civic and a huge super duty pickup. He prefers the civic for daily use.

You do not need four wheel drive in almost all CO driving situations. In fact, a FWD sedan is far superior to a 4x4 SUV in most on-road winter driving situations.

If you want to get picky and really drive home the point, 4 wheel drive- as opposed to all wheel drive- is actually a disadvantage in on-road winter driving. The weight placement of the transfer case and other factors increasing your likelihood of a rollover.

Traction is not improved via AWD or 4WD. Traction is improved via good tires. Traction control is also a nice feature.

AWD is rather annoying going down the mountain actually. I'd prefer a manual transmission cheapo honda/toyota passenger vehicle to an AWD subaru any day of the week going down a mountain road (except for the newer Outbacks which have a transmission that is adjustable to that sort of thing.)
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Old 03-11-2012, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I've got a FWD Hyundai Accent. Popped studded tires on that puppy and climbed a (paved) snowy hill outside Winter Park. I'm not saying I'd go off road with that guy, but I was impressed by how well those tires gripped. I doubt you'll need anything special near to Denver unless you *want* something like that anyway.
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