I know these little liftbacks are designed for more urban environments, but I've kept the 2nd-gen with me through our rural move. I have to say, it seems very well-suited to the land of the tumbleweeds. The driveway is about a 1/3 mile dirt track that gets fairly muddy when it's wet. It comes off a dirt county road. Although they're really good about keeping it graded, the surface is soft enough that the corrugations (love the Ozzie lingo) come right back. It handles the conditions really capably and comfortably. The engine-stop is great for waiting at RR crossings, getting out to open and close the roll-up door and getting the mail out on the county road, emissions free and silently. I sure do like hearing just the wind and Alan Jackson songs emanating from the interior when I step out of the car. The county roads tend to get pretty icy after some snow. It made me nervous the first few times, but I'm starting to adopt more of the "Ice Road Truckers" steadiness of mind and am getting more comfortable with it. The car sticks nicely with the Hankook H727s, even without VSC on this package 1. I haven't come across any traction control issues. The few times it's activated, it's been in slow-speed maneuvers and nothing that a direction change couldn't remedy. Of course, the fuel economy is a blessing. It really helps cover the longer distances to spend time with family and friends. Even in the sloppy and cold winter conditions, I haven't seen the tank average settle below 52 mpg (reset at each fillup). It's my favorite thing to drive. It sure is smooth and easy compared to the truck, and even does better in most winter conditions. It's definitely a keeper, no matter how many funny looks I get from the oilfield guys. The miniature horses next door seem to like it. They used to sneak in through the fence and on a moving day, I discovered the Pri covered with smeary horse kisses. They didn't feel the same way about a floor lamp I had set outside. They knocked it over and stomped it to pieces. Happy trails!