I recently "upgraded" to a 98 Fontier 4X4. She is somewhat underpowered going up the steep stuff, but I knew that going in. I wanted a four banger to save gas (23-24 MPG HWY) and I have a work truck I can use if I ever need to haul or tow. So far so good in the snow/ice when I put her in 4WD but the truck drives abismally on slick stuff in RWD. All season tires. Manual everything, no bells and no whistles. Less stuff to break down. Just the way I like it.