2002 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I've seen all the reviews on the Freelander and I realize I was just lucky - mine's been fairly trouble free in the five + years I've had it. It hasn't been babied, either, but I've also been picky about maintenance. But for snowy weather, it's always been the best.
No-brainer AWD, and the couple times I've used hill descent control it's been useful. But how many times does anyone actually use it? And believe it or not, the reliability. I've never been left sitting.