I think front wheel drive is just as good as anything unless you live in the mountains or a rural area that frequently gets deep snow accumulations. I have been in Richmond, VA for 18 years and never had the need for 4WD except 1 time. In 1996 we got pounded with 1 1/2 feet of snow and I got stuck in the driveway. Once I shoveled the driveway and got out of the subdivision I was OK. I have snow tires on separate rims for the Cavalier and it does very well in the snow.