Tryin lives in WV, so can't blame 'em.
Yep, WV winters can be interesting for sure. I live about a mile up a state maintained road, that seems to be the last on the list as well. We usually end up doing the plowing on our own but there are occasions, such as coming home from work after a full day of snow, that we are driving in 6-8 inches of unplowed snow. I run dedicated snows in the winter and have still have had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk home, really doesn't bother me but the wife
. She want's the suv back because of the AWD. Snow tires are great on the main raods, but there is no substitute for four wheels pulling when you have to go up steeper hills in bad conditions.
I agree that on packed snow covered roads, I see little advantage to 4 wheel drive. I've got 4 new Blizzaks coming for the Passat though.
Back on topic, wife took the passat to Charlotte this weekend, driving pretty much 75 mph the entire trip, got 45 mpg! Try that in an SUV, or any other car for that matter!