blackmercedes is offering some excellent advice. There has been so much hype surrounding front wheel drive cars being so fabulous. For those who know how to drive in snow or extreme maneuvers, a rear wheel drive car is superior. If this were not so, you can bet the farm that serious race cars would not be rear wheel drive.
The biggest advantage to front wheel drive is to the manufacturers. They have this nice, neat engine/transmission/axle package coming down the assembly line that they just drop right into an econobox. The car is very efficient as far as use of space for it's weight. Then the poor people that have to work on them go through h___ every time they have to open the hood for anything beyond checking the oil.
If you don't have performance driving/snow driving skills, drive a front wheel drive car.