I don't know if this thread belongs here, but I feel it is related in some way! I am considering, scaling back my VW Toureg to something smaller due to unreliablity. This needs to prodominantly fit within my lifestyle, backcountry snowboarding trips, camping, snow, snow, surfing, more snow trips, XC MTB, and sowboarding and more snow trips if I can fit them in. Thoughts are floating around the subaru outback 2007 -2008 or the forester 2008 - 2012 both need to be manual. Firstly, I am curious, what everyone here is using as their transport to their favorite trail heads or resorts and why did you pick that type of vehicle. Reason for these vehicles, 1) I am not overly tall and need to access roof racks. 2) they seem to be a credible AWD for there size. 3) I don't like larger 4wd and can't justify carbon foot print for one person.