anyone who says they can get up anything that a 4X4 can with their soob or all wheel drive car is BS.. clearance and the power of 4 wheel drive has been proven time and time again.. matter of fact my friend who owns an outback will attest to this. he now prefers to go in my Nissan Pathfinder anytime we go AT, backcountry, etc. etc..
seriously, you do not NEED a 4x4 if you're just a soccer mom driving around Seattle or Portland or even if you are a plastic puller who ventures to Smith or 11worth. But get yourself into some soft spring snow patched back country dirt road and I can guarantee you’ll be hiking in for Miles before you even get to my truck.