I wouldn’t go with a four-wheel drive in Ajijic and Chapala, but I wouldn’t go with an exotic sports car, either. Cobblestone streets are the norm in Ajijic and some are better maintained than others because they are individually taken care of by the local people. There is a fully paved, blacktop road that goes around the entire parameter of the Lake Chapala, which is the main road and is the main artery for communicating and bouncing back and forth but probably 95% of the roads are cobblestone roads. They are typically very well-maintained. They can be small and narrow but you just learn to drive at 5 or 10 miles per hour, not at 50, going through the neighborhood.
The entire village of Ajijic is not more than half to three quarters of a mile wide, so if you are driving in Chapala or Ajijic, I would suggest a car or a little SUV or something simple. Once you get out of the village, the main roads are paved. There are good two and three-lane highways for the most part on the main artery. Guadalajara is only an hour’s drive away from the village with the international airport half way in between. If you go to Guadalajara, you will be driving on a regular highway. The airport is a full blown airport so in many ways it’s as nice as many US cities as far as access and drivability on the highway. It may not be quite as maintained as we expect them to be in the US but certainly, they are safe and easy to drive.