I was always a pickup guy for my 4wd needs, before I decided on the Trax I bought a used Suzuki Grand Vitara, to see if I could haul what I needed and its 4wd capabilities.
I was impressed with its small park anywhere size and how it was so great in the snow, it hauled everything I needed the Trax was even bigger inside than the Suzuki.
I change cars like most people change socks I had a Trax last winter traded it on a Miata, then traded my new Corvette for a Cadillac ATS cp, then flipped that to buy a Buick Encore, all in the first 4 months of 2016.
Car changes are not unusual for me, I had hundreds of cars over my 50+ years of driving, I made a living flipping cars from the age of 13, I owned and drove just about everything I could m hands on, the muscle car era was my most favorite I bought and sold some of the really great cars of that time.( the car I miss the most was a 440-6 pack Cuda that I bought for almost nothing then tippled my money in a few weeks.
If I were you I would find a rental agency in your area rent a Trax or a Buick Encore for a week or weekend take it on a long ride, if you live in a snow region take it up to the mountains get the feel of it, haul some stuff in the back see if the vehicle is right for you.
Its worth a rental fee to not be disappointed after you had it for a week.
If you buy buy at least the 1LT or the Buick Encore Convenience, get the features that everyone winds up installing like cruise and remote start right up front its only going to cost you more later on.(installing the fog lights is easy and cheap on the 1LT, its not worth the money GM wants to move up to the 2LT or LTZ unless you want the sun roof and leather seats)
Last edited by beeguz; 12-30-2016 at 10:40 AM.