4RUNNERS!!!!! A few people already mentioned them. I live in a snowy climate and I appreciate having a vehicle that can leave my drive way after a 3 foot dump and not get stuck. Gas mileage is not great, but it's not 70's Bronco bad.
However I don't know if this would of been a good vehicle for my teenage years. The later model 4runners like the first and second generation are top heavy and do require careful driving. They are more narrow than some other SUV's and have been notorious for flipping. I think vehicles with high clearances require careful driving and some experience. They are less forgiving than a little subaru.
SR5 Toyota 4runners and SR5 toyota pickup trucks my favorite. They are snow slayers. There are a lot of these on the road from the 80's and 90's with a lot of miles on them that run fine and dandy. They are reliable and long lasting.