4x4 gets you going great, stopping can be an issue on ice and snow.
My Dodge RAM 1500 has been very reliable, I bought it in 2002 with 60k miles. I have driven it on many military backfill deployments. It now has over 180k miles. I have never needs any major repair, I do my own repairs, brakes, coolant, fluid levels and changes-oil, transmission filter and fluid, transfer case and differentials. 4x4 works great, needs a times here in nd/MN. Extended cab has lots of room for passengers and some storage back seat. My only complaint (other than mpg) is RAM rust, very typical on rear wheel fenders, wells, and side panel bottoms. This truck had several features for it is time. Lots of torque and pulling power, 5. 2l engine.