I am shopping for a new car and we were looking at 2 2009 Ford Escapes. One is 2WD and the other is 4W. We have never owned a 4WD vehicle. Any care to share their opinions? To be honest I don't normally go out if the weather is real bad. I have a front wheel drive car now with traction control and if I needed to drive in the snow it has always been very steady. If it's icy I just stay in. My office is about 1 1/2 miles from my home and I live in a small town so if I don't go in till they clear the roads it's no big deal. The reason we are considering the 4WD vehicle is that they are both used and the interior and color of the 4WD is more appealing to us. Guess what I want to know is are there negatives to owning a 4WD? Also, does anyone know if insurance costs are higher or lower than the 2WD? My agent won't be open until Monday and inquiring minds want to know now.