I live in Pittsburgh PA, where we are under a winter storm warning as we speak, so I'm gona talk about winter cars as well. :P
First off, I totally agree with the whole discussion about the hummer. As a matter of fact, I just saw one the other day in a ditch as I was on my way to my favorite ski resort!
If you insist on an SUV, I'd go with either the Jeep Cherokee or the Jeep Grand Cherokee Loredo, I'd find an older one that is used. I've driven a Jeep here in Pennsylvania in blizzards, and while it does NOT make you any safer, it can give you a distinct advantage when climbing hills.
However, I believe that a solid front wheel drive will do just fine. Especially a Volkswagon. I've driven those in the snow as well, they're nice and heavy, and they get the job done. Especially with the manual transmission, then you can regulate your speed really well.
Hope this helps, take care everyone, I'M GOIN SKIIN!
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