I just moved to Southern Maine and will soon be starting a job as a home visiting nurse. I live in a city but will often have to drive on rural roads in the winter for the job. I don't currently have a car, and I'm looking to buy a used AWD that can handle the conditions up here.
I've been looking at the Subaru Impreza, but I'm concerned about ground clearance. Would a SUV or crossover with higher ground clearance be a better choice considering that I may have to drive on unplowed roads for the job? I would prefer a smaller car with good gas mileage but I am nervous about getting stuck out in a rural area.
Any suggestions for a reliable car/SUV that handles well in the snow?