Tzor: Don't diss the Prius electric motor. Even though it's only 40 horsepower. Because of the way horsepower is calculated, the electric motor actually produces MORE torque than a gas engine at low speed.

Maybe you don't get "real" snow in Long Isand, but here in Upstate NY, we do get real snow. And the Prius is MORE than capable of dealing with snow and ice.

The only shortcoming of the Prius is the low ground clearance. I can't bulldoze my way thru deep snow the way the old SUV could. But then again, the SUV got 1/4 the mileage of a Prius.