The usual arguments against AWD which include increased cost, complexity, reduced MPG and weight aside, Which vehicle do you think needs a good AWD system? I am not talking about a budget “slip n’ grip” system but a genuine torque vectoring SH-AWD type one that aids in neutral handling.
My vote goes to the new Mazda 6 2.5T. 310 Lb/Ft to the front wheels? Give me AWD to put that down, needs a manual-wagon but that’s beside the point. Plus it’ll sell better in the Snow Belt and Canada.
The Mazda Speed 3, Nissan Maxima also used to be popular candidates for this, at least in the forums.
Also, Preemptive related pic posted INB4 comments on how you don’t need AWD in winter.