I live in the northeast. My commute to work is 22 miles. Saying the Civic Si performs poorly in the snow is an understatement. I was getting grief at work for not being able to make it in on time when we got any amount of snow.RyansQuick6 and deuce271, why did you buy a Crosstour? Hmm. Sounds like a new thread title. Family? Hauling capacity?
Also, I got married a year ago and my wife cannot drive a stick. So if we went out and I drove and had a few drinks, we were staying. Wife didn't like that we had to plan on who's car we were taking based on who was driving.
My wife has a 2006 Toyota Corolla S. It's a good, nice car for her (and it's paid off). Having two small vehicles was not very good. Whenever we had to load up a car and go somewhere, we couldn't really. Also, this car isn't great in the snow (better than the Si though). Often times when it snowed, we were really stuck.
Both of our parents live pretty far away from us. My parents are 1 hour and 3 hours away. Her parents are 3.5 hours away. The Si and her Corolla S but kind of suck for long road trips. Road noise, lack of leg room, lack of cargo room, etc. always leave us so worn out and in unpleasant moods after arriving. We needed a nice road trip vehicle.
Put all of this together, we wanted an SUV type vehicle that was different, a little better on fuel economy, and really good for trips. The CT was this for us.
I do not mind the 200+ miles trips we have to make monthly anymore. With the 4WD, I do not have to worry about getting stuck in the snow anymore. We no longer have to debate which car to take when going out, my wife can drive this. I no longer have to call a buddy to borrow their SUV/truck to move reasonably large objects anymore. I'm averaging about 24MPG with this CT, my Si was only getting 28-31MPG.
For us, the CT is a home run. We're still young, but we really needed a practical vehicle. This was it for us. Also, I'm sure we'll have kids soon enough. Two door sports cars aren't the most child friendly.
On a side note, I really miss my Si. I need to talk my wife into letting me get a weekend car.