Drove my Corolla (with proper snow tires) from Toronto to Guelph last night between the snows...despite the highways being cleared and salted, the Corolla did not inspire a ton of confidence.
Got to Guelph, slept, and woke up this morning to snow over the bumper of the Corolla. Got in the 2011 Forester XT Limited with Blizzaks, turned it on, let the wiper de-icer do its magic, and drove off the driveway without having shovelled. Drove to the gym, was one of 10 people there, and didn't slip at all.
Come April, my Corolla's being traded in. No question about it. RWD/FWD + Snow tires does not equal Subaru's ability on these roads. I CAN make it around in my Corolla...but why should I when I can do it better, faster, warmer, and more comfortably in the Forester?
If the XV is ANYTHING like the Forester (and we know it's based on the same platform), then it's a well-sized (thank you for the Box test), well-priced, efficient (unlike the current Fozzie XT - 11.6 L/100km on premium juice), and fun to drive machine. Since I already have a Fozzie, I may actually cross-shop the XV or Impreza hatch to see what size really fits. Great long-term article, hope you enjoyed!