2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 5M)
Purchased to add a second car to family for my wife. Hadn't needed two cars for previous three years as I was a night shifter. Primary factors driving this purchase were snow driving, safety and fuel economy. Additionally it's a very good looking car. Car handled great in the one or two snowstorms we had this year. Also mpg is 10 higher than some of the slightly larger suv's in same market. We weren't looking for a tank, just a car that handled better in the snow than our '00 Jetta. Backseat is a little tight for adults but the only person that uses it is our three year old in a car seat. We also shopped the Honda CR-V but chose this because it fit us better.
The cars good looks. Amount of storage space in hatch area. Excellent amount of gizmos on a $21k car. High clearance and AWD make for good drivability in the snow. Peppy engine with good gas mileage. Lots of driver accessible storage spaces. An excellent quality value oriented family car.
Better availability of options on X model. Couldn't find a stick with the improved stereo. Would of been great as base stereo not what I'm used to. Hill Holder is almost always unnoticeable but can be annoying. Can remember pulling too far up in intersection and wanting the car to roll back a little.