|Barked: Mon Apr 29, '13 2:52pm PST |
|4runners are great. They last a long time. I have a late model. Mine has a tailgate instead of a hatch back. The new ones have seats that completely fold down and the back windows roll down. They discontinued the awesome tail gate after the 2nd gen.
I live in a winter climate. I will tell you that trucks and SUVs are not actually the most stable on icy roads. The 4runner has been made more road friendly since my early 90's runner. The one I have is top heavy and even has a disclaimer posted on the visor for roll overs. The higher the clearance the less stable on streets. Most regular cars are safer than my 4Bie on streets. The plus of driving a truck/suv is the high clearance which is very useful if you don't have a plow service or need to get on the road before they plow. I also have a huge advantage in serious dumping accumulating storms.
When I see a car in a ditch or off the road it's normally an SUV or all wheel drive like a Subaru. You can have small cars in snowy climates. Someone around here drives a smart car. The most popular cars here are Subarus. They are reliable all wheel drive cars.
You might want to go with an all wheel drive like a Subaru. Honda CRVs and Toyota Rav 4s are good options too. These are smaller, better gas milage and more stable on roads. They are safer.
The Toyota FJ cruiser, now that's an SUV. So many SUVs are just big dump mini vans, but the FJ cruiser can actually go off road.
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