For instance Feb 2010, we got 15+ inches of snow twice in 4 days (snowfall totals were in the 3' to 4' range for most parts near me). That's enough to park most anything.
If you remember the 2'+ we got 7-8 years back... I was out in that dragging people on innertubes in a '94 AWD Talon... Just saying.
Though a dsm doesn't really qualify for dd in any format other than fwd non-turbo, and even those are questionable. lol
One of the best year round cars I've had was a non-turbo '91 MR2. Used to drive it round trip weekly between NY and RI in the winter. On Blizzaks, it never even flinched. ~30mpg on regular, competent in the corners, fantastic sound cabin with some dynomat and common sense for the audio setup.
Downside can be maintenance. Some jobs are obviously more complicated due to the MR layout. In 5 years though, it was oil, brakes, filters, plug wires, and one alternator.
Like everyone else though. Subtract driver stupidity, apply good tires, and you're pretty well off.