The Subaru Outback put on a few pounds back in 2010, in what we can only guess was an attempt to make it less of a station wagon and more of a crossover. That's too bad, because, despite what most people seem to think, wagons are actually the perfect blend of utility and sportiness, when done right.
The Fiat 500 is a fine little car. It's not great, but it's efficient and can be quite fun to spank, if you enjoy living near the red line. But much like how the Mini Countryman is an unsightly insult to everything that ever made Mini Coopers cool, the Fiat 500L takes the basic look of the 500 and puffs it up to a size where its shapes no longer work with its new proportions.
When the white flaky stuff falls, most folks feel safer in an SUV. While our inner hoon loves the idea of sliding a rear-drive sports car around the snow, we can see why less enthusiastic drivers cocoon themselves in large crossovers with all-wheel-drive, even though tire type and driver skill are often the biggest factor in safe snow driving. Feeling safe is enough for most folks, apparently.
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