I spotted a brand new white passenger Metris with paper tags coming down Steven's Pass in WA on Wednesday. Guessing it had studs on as it didn't have chains and I definitely needed the AWD on my Ridgeline.
I wouldn't assume that- MBs ESP suite gives the Metris astonishing traction for a rear-drive system. Better than I have experienced on Haldex-style on demand AWD systems. Which is what I think the Ridgeline had.