None of the cars that I have driven as my primary car over the years have been anything other than 2 wheel drive. My husband has always had 4 wheel drive vehicles, but not mine. We got a pretty big snow storm in the Seattle area and I ventured out today and I have to say that I am impressed with the Acadia. I have an AWD Acadia with 19" wheels. I didn't have any issues in the snow or ice, even on steep hills. I learned to drive in Colorado and have been driving in the snow for many years, but my last car (Chrysler 300M) had performance tires on it and it did terrible in the snow. I turned into a wimp in the snow because of that car and driving in my Acadia today made me feel much more comfortable with the snow again. Once again, I am thrilled with my decision to purchase the Acadia. I am also glad that I got the AWD!