2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi AWD 4dr Sedan w/Silver-Painted Wheels (2.5L 4cyl Turbo 6M)
The STi has the perfomance of a BMW M3 for about half the price. The all-wheel drive with front and rear limited-slip differentials is awesome in the snow (when the car is equipped with winter tires). You can't get a better performing, safer, more reliable car for the money.
Acceleration is ferocious. The interior is a delight, including the seats. Traction is amazing in the snow.
Fold down rear seats (provided it doesn't sacrifice body rigidity).