It is AMAZING in the snow. It is essentially an Impreza on steroids and that is basically how it rides. Frame is stiffened up to tow and the suspension is completely different offering nearly 9" of clearance and more than a Jeep Grand Cherokee. You can look at an Impreza sport to get an idea of what the XV will be like. 31 mpg on my last 3.5hr trip to Vermont with the boards on top and the less efficient 5 speed(the CVT gets 2-3mpg better).
Hmm might have to consider that as a future utility car. I love my modded bugeye, but I could use a more casual and less flashy ride...lol