What Manual All-Wheel-Drive Vehicle Should I Buy for the Winter?
No Subarus allowed.
Summer is basically over, and the cold and dark months will be here sooner than you’d think. That means snow, slush, crappy weather, and devastating road salt, all big no-nos for my rehabbed Fiat 500 Abarth. I need something with two more drive wheels for the midwestern winter, and I need it to have a manual transmission because I insist on changing gears. Oh, and no Subarus.
I just don’t like Subarus, sorry. I think most of them are ugly, I think the brand’s reputation for longevity and reliability is overblown, and I have yet to drive a non-sporty Subaru that I was impressed with. I respect the boxer-four, and the WRX’s performance capability, especially the STI. Hell, I know that a Subaru Forester of any generation could end this entire search immediately. But I don’t care, I don’t want a Subaru, you can’t make me buy one.
With the obvious answer out of the way, I ask: What manual all-wheel-drive car, truck, or SUV should I buy?
There aren’t a lot of choices out there, and they’re fastly dwindling as the stick-shift fades off on its way to extinction. Still, a few automakers have thrown this illustrious combination our way a few times in the past couple of decades. What is your favorite all-wheel-drive car, truck, or SUV with a manual transmission that isn’t a Subaru?