welcome to clublexus~
if you actually visit the snowy areas that much in the winter time, sure awd would come in handy. but when it comes to acceleration, unless you drive crazily, awd won't get you much more. imho even for the winter time ski time, a set of good all season tires with good snow traction should be enough.
i personally don't see the need of awd in socal at all
Yes, I drove it. The great feeling of boiling blood.