I loaned my 5 speed Daihatsu to a friend and ask that they write me a report on how it went. Two days later we had a ice storm & I got a call asking if it was ok to drive my truck on these bad road conditions. I said it was ok with me but to be safe. Here is the report: 2-9-09 I don't usually write to car companies, but after two weeks of hard driving, I just had to let you know what I thought of the Daihatsu mini-truck. In a word -- "wow". The first week was the week of the ice and snow storm. In fact the mini-truck got caught out in the parking lot at work during the ice part of the storm. I didn't expect much from the defroster, but lo-and-behold it started working right away, and the ice melted in no time. I thought the drive home would be dicey, but the push-button four-wheel drive took me the entire 17 plus miles of my commute without one slip, skid, or slide. When next I drove the mini-truck, the snow had fallen and frozen, but the four-wheel drive worked just as well as it had before. I had absolutely zero problems getting around, which is more than I can say for the postal truck I passed bogged down in the snow. As I mentioned before, I have a 17-plus-mile commute one-way to work from Broken Arrow to downtown Tulsa. Thirteen of those miles are on two expressways. With only three cylinders to its name, I knew the Daihatsu was not going to be cruising at 75 miles per hour. It had no trouble at all, however, in maintaining the minimum speed of 40 on Highway 169 and 35 on the Broken Arrow Expressway. My average speed was 50.6 mph. Curiously, no one tailgated, honked, or made obscene gestures ever. I did get a lot of smiles and waves. I think they realized I was pedaling as fast as I could. Actually that speed, through a five-speed manual transmission coupled with the attitude that the expressways were nothing more than streets without stop signs enabled me to get 57 and 54 miles per gallon. I'm sure a motorcycle could do better, but a motorcycle doesn't have a heater, air-conditioning, am/fm radio, clock, and cassette player (if you can find a cassette to play in it). A Prius might do as well, but you aren't going to get a Prius for $5,000 either.