You have mentioned two very good rigs, but look at the American SUV's also. GM has a few very highly rated vehicles, as does
the new Ford lineup. Hyundai and Kia also have some very well rated products. Jeep has always been a four letter word to me, so if you like them, great, not for me.
Not much junk out there anymore, but do yourself a favor and buy the Consumer Reports Car Guide and check on Edmunds.com, Autotrader.com and Motor Trend.com.
Winter driving is not hard, remembering to SLOW DOWN when slippery is the key. All wheel drive won't help a bit if you have no traction.