We have a huge hill of a driveway.
Occasionally, things roll down that hill.
During the winter, when the snow gets compacted, the only way to ensure that I can leave my house is to park my car by the road and walk the length of a football field (downhill, carrying kid plus groceries plus laptop, etc) to the house - to carry them all back up in the morning.
Four winters ago BLEW. We had just purchased the house, and our driveway was a muddy, mushy mess. Even when the snow/ice melted, the mud kept us from getting up and down the hill reliably.
Three winters ago SUCKED. I was commuting and people were depending on me to show up, but I was in shape so the hill really wasn't too much of a challenge. I still hated it.
Two winters ago was HARD. I was still commuting, wrapping up a physically intense job, and dealing with early pregnancy narcolepsy. Getting home to deal with a super-slick driveway was not the "welcome home" I needed.
Last year was FUCKING STUPID. I was working from home, but still had to go to the store, doctor's appointments, etc. Not only was I hauling my "new mom" ass up the hill, but I was carrying baby in bucket seat. Sonofabitch.
I swore last year was the last with a 2 wheel drive car. All wheel or 4 wheel drive can master my nasty drive without an issue.
Problem is, we're rounding the bend on another year, and I'm still driving my beloved cloud. My 2003 Ford Focus. I LOVE my car. It has driven me to grad school, to my job interviews, to three different jobs (and stayed parked outside for another). It is so my personality...cute, yet sensible. Practical and comfy, but with enough zip to throw people off guard.
If I HAVE to get rid of my cloud, I want a Subaru Forester. Period. I'm not budging on that. Unfortunately, I'm broke and my 135K mile, 7 year old car isn't the greatest trade-in value.
(I'm willing to turn my head while my readers launch a Forester Momma campaign from the comment section of this site.)