2005 Subaru Forester X AWD 4dr Wagon (2.5L 4cyl 4A)
After thorough research on Edmunds, talking to friends and comparing with RAV-4, CR-V, Audi and Escape, Subaru came out clear first for the money spent and buying experience.
Clean design, logical instruments layout, firm comfortable seats, crisp handling, enough room in the back (although some reviews claim otherwise).
Better all weather floor mats from softer pliable rubber should be available or standard. Stone shield guards for fog lights should be offered standard. Rear cup holders should be more sturdy. Overdrive should be standard or optional on automatic transmission.