Well, as a consolation prize, at least you have 5 gears to choose!, I'm stuck with the 4-sp Auto in the earlier cars. Just arranged to get a 5-Speed manual conversion going for my SC 300, so I should be happier by spring! Bought all mine used, so transmission choice wasn't the deciding factor... Driven in Colorado winters 25+ years, always rear-drive only. Sideways is fun, stuck is not. I always mount up a set of dedicated snows for the daily (Blizzaks on my SC 400 currently) Just have to be a little patient at launch, then play your best rally driver.
Bestest!, - Brent.