I commute on a regular basis with 4 teenagers in the car. There is plenty of room and everyone is comfortable. I also live in Rochester, NY. Snow has been no problem with this "truck", I recently slid on black ice and no damage was done to my vehicle. Mileage is not that bad either for the size, I maintain 22-24 MPG. I would reccomend this car to anyone with kids. I regularly have 6-7 people in the car and there are few fights between the kids and that's saying a lot with my crew!
My teenagers all fit without being in each other's laps. We even have room for friends. The seats are comfortable and if we eat in the car, there is space for everyone's drinks.
Better fasteners for plastic pieces. My kids broke the cup holder in the middle soon after we bought it.