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
It was a 1997 (IIRC) Nissan 4x4 pickup, pretty basic model. Options included a heater and a key, LOL.
I had a couple of CJ7s and an '83 Ford Bronco before that.
The best off-roader I've ever driven was a 1985 Chevy Suburban with 1-ton running gear and a lower-than-standard final drive, set up special for our land survey crew. The wheelbase was so long and the truck was weighed down with a bunch of tools and survey equipment. We could go up and down some scary-steep hills and it tracked straight and rarely lost traction.
That was an awesome job for a young guy; 4-wheelin' and hiking all over the Colorado Rockies and getting paid for it.