I'm getting the FWD. I live in Germany where it snows a lot and I even then I don't think AWD is necessary. On bad snow days, the roads are plowed and salted, so it's not like I've ever needed all-wheel traction. I prefer saving the $3000, saving gas mileage and saving long term maintenance costs. The extra monry could be used for a nice set of summer or winter wheels and the rest into investments.