Well according to the Farmer's Almanac we are heading for a cold. snowy winter, just like last winter here in Ohio. I grew up way before your time driving rear wheel drive cars in New England winters. Put a 45 pound barbell plate in the trunk, slap on some winter tires and go!
This will be my first winter with the Scion and wanted to pass along my last experience winter driving a RWD car. It was 7 years ago in Brookfield Wisconsin. I was in town for a 3 month contract. It started snowing the day I arrived and I never one saw a blacktop road, they were always white.
I was driving the 4253 pound Dodge Charger RT and without winter tires it was basically a giant sled. It was not fun. So I went out and got some Blizzaks and slapped those on and the Charger went from sled to snowmobile!! I man it would blast through anything. Amazing.
So going with the Blizzaks on the FRS this winter.
Still a litle concerned about that low ground clearance though.