When I first moved here to the hills I was sure that without a 4x4 truck I would be stuck. Now that I have a couple years of real mountain experience I find that my minivan with front wheel drive, ABS, and studded snow tires goes just as good as a 4x4 pickup, maybe better. My GF's Camry, also with FWD and studded snows also does very well. I was wondering if 4 wheel drive is really necessary or just a sales gimmick. I had a '93 K2500 4x4 pickup and I liked it, but I didn't like the gas mileage penalty. It went good in the snow no doubt, but no better than FWD. The only place I think I really needed 4x4 was when I took the kids mud bogging, 99% of the time it stayed in 2wd. The reason I ask is I'm going to be buying a truck pretty soon, and the 2wd model can hold more cargo and costs less both in gas and price, but my manhood says "ugh four wheel drive tough truck ugh" I already have an ATV for farm use in the fields.