My Ford Edge Sport has a fair whack of power (335hp) and AWD. But it's a FORD AWD system and it's on rubber band tyres so the most offroad experience I ever give it is to drive across short dry grass or mounting the kerb from time to time. Not to mention the fact that it's an automatic so forget any nuance with your left foot.
Here in Canada, the tarmac is an exciting concoction. Unlike England (from which I can still feel the loose fillings I have from all the potholes after 15 years of driving there) the road surface is normally pretty well maintained and generally free of potholes in most areas BUT for the following issues:
They don't use a draining surface with a rough top-layer so the water pools on it, even on highways where it's not unusual to be doused under a bathtub-volume of water thrown over the central reservation by a truck coming the other way. But hey, free car-wash.
They also use a tough, shiny blend of aggregates, and they use (seemingly water-soluble) non-reflective paint to casually mark the lines where they choose to do so, and they generally haven't discovered cats-eyes or reflective posts in most places or don't believe in them.
All of which, at night (which it generally is), when it rains (which it generally does), renders it as one, large mirror-like battle zone with everyone simultaneously, yet wholly independently, squinting through the windscreen as they gracefully weave and sway their way along the road, making use of two or sometimes even three lanes at a time, bouncing delicately off other vehicles whose drivers are too preoccupied with looking for their turn to notice.
Not to mention the fact that there are several thousand miles of road which don't have any surface on them at all... Those tend to be mud in spring and autumn, dustbowls in the summer and white in the winter.
Still - at least it keeps our car insurance premiums sky-high...