We live in Northern Virginia, which doesn't get a lot of snow, however, it still does get some, and we do travel up north to PA and upstate NY, so we felt we needed to replace one of our rear- wheel drive vehicles with something either FWD or AWD. We just 'lived through' the blizzard of 2009, and the car performed wonderfully while the snow was still falling.. zipping by those so called "SUVs" which don't necessarily have AWD (do your research!). We put on around 100miles just driving around snow, and also took a skiing trip, which we wouldn't have attempted without this car. The heated seats, heated wiper areas were pretty nice to have in snow too. Car is fun to drive, even with 170HP.
AWD; stick shift; "looks"; hatchback utility and general practicality; real car key (not following the trend with the 'start' button, thanks); heated seats and wipers; compass in the mirror.
MORE dark interior color choices (had to go with ivory--will get dirty quick); "premium" radio stinks, will need to upgrade speakers and maybe head unit too; add sunroof all editions; add a 110V plug for increased utility; add heated rear seats.