Originally Posted by Trotski
All I care about is function -- and comfort is function, too. I can quickly and safely ascend any hairy, icy incline I've encountered EASILY in a four-cylinder, 114-HP, FWD 2002 Civic with killer snow tires.
To me, the ultimate ski car is really just the ultimate winter driving car with room for skis. That's why I went with the very unsexy LL Bean Outback. Probably could just go with the Outback XT, really -- too bad the Legacy wagon GT is gone.
I want in a ski car safety, predictability, practicality, and comfort, in that order. Speed or power are way down the list. "Cool looks" doesn't even rate on MY list.
Trotski - an opinionated man.
But here's a few reasons why my car is better than yours:
Safety - it's a volvo.
Predictability - it's more predictable than a subaru, especially in the snow. Punch it all you like, it won't fishtail. The steering is crisper, the suspension firmer and the traction beats the outback easily.
Practicality - it's just about identical to an outback in size and configuration. but it gets better gas mileage, even with a more powerful engine.
Comfort - leather, climate control, heated seats, 12 speaker stereo...yup, got the outback beat there too.
And on top of that, it has a 220hp turbo. Maybe that doesn't matter for you where you drive, but it's damn nice going up the curves on 542.
As you've pointed out, people where you live don't know how to drive in snow. I see more snow than anyone east of the Mississippi. Oh hell, more than anyone in any other part of north america for that matter. And I can drive it safely, and I can drive it safely faster than I could in an outback.
As far as being able to drive anything you've seen easily in a civic, it may be than what you've seen so far isn't all that hard.