You do realize this whole 'AWD is safer in bad weather because of better traction' is 80% marketing BS these days right? It was safer back when there was no TC and VSC and cars are death boxes. But in snow or on ice, the number one thing one has to worry about is slowing down, not getting up to speed. Most crashes in bad weather are cars failing to brake or steer, and AWD helps with neither. The most important thing in these situations is proper winter tires and obeying traffic laws (in most countries the legal speed limit in adverse weather is 50% of posted speed limit, hence my 40mph comment). Not a lot of people get killed by sliding off a slippery ramp because their cars lack strong AWD. Toyota added the minimum amount of hardware to achieve mostly a marketing purpose and some practical purpose as well. It's not like the full power 'RX-style' E-Four is that much more capable anyway. You'd be completely right if they are charging like a $2,000 premium for E-Four. But hey it's almost 'free' feature anyway.