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Old 03-24-2013, 08:59 PM
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I've lived in New England all my life, greater Boston area most of the time and AWD certainly isn't needed. Good tires, patience, and some good driving skills will certainly be sufficient to get by. Occasionally it's nice to have 4WD for pulling into or out of a snowfilled parking spot or going up a nasty hill, and on rare occasions the extra ground clearance comes in handy.

I have a Subaru Outback but I spend a lot of time in northern New England skiing and hiking so I use the AWD and ground clearance fairly often. But for years I drove a Honda Accord and a Saturn SW2 in Boston and NH without problems.