2003 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
It has been a wonderful vehicle thus far. I bought it for the AWD, and I feel really safe driving it in the snow and ice. I don't ride in the backseat, but I've heard from my passengers that it can be a little tight if you are over 6'0". The cargo room is just perfect for what I need it for. I enjoy finding new places to hide/store things. The front windows are rather noisy when driving at high speeds, but overall, I have been very pleased with my purchase. I did my research and it has paid off.
AWD, easy to see out of, perfect size for two adults and two 100 lb dogs, and the safety rating.
A diesel or hybrid engine would be nice, more comfortable seats and raise the console up a bit for an elbow rest.