Went to the Phila. Auto Show tonight. Sat in a lot of utility type vehicles. Lots of these vehicles that are midsize sedan variants, like the RX350, Highlander, Explorer, Equinox, CRV, etc. Ive always had great luck with traction in FWD vehicles, especially with snow tires. The issue in snow (ice isnt overcome with any drive system, so is a moot point), is ground clearance if trying to get through certain uncleared areas. Now, Im not a great advocate for going out in bad winter conditions, but none of those vehicles are really off-road nor sportscar vehicles, where more driven wheels give off road prowess or better handling and acceleration at the limit. So, is there any real, practical benefit anymore between a FWD SUV and an AWD SUV? Take the equinox, explorer or any other as an example. Is anyone really going to crest a hill covered in snow better in one versus the other? More control accelerating or decelerating? Where does the benefit from AWD lie in these vehicles at this point? More of a sales gimmick?