2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
I just bought one after a long search for a new long distance commuting vehicle that can double as a hauler on the weekends. I selected this over a variety of small SUVs and cars. The Subaru stood out for its room, performance, MPG and price. I drive about 3000 miles a month on the highway and am 6' 3" so many small vehicles didn't fit me. This one does and gets the mpg I need. It also gives me the AWD for bad weather and getting out to the highway over country roads.
AWD, performance and mpg so far.
Option of power seats without going to a much more expensive model.