As the title states, I feel this is one of the best family cars available for folks that have to deal with snow. I look at most other cars in this class and my decision came down to the VW Passat and the Subaru. The Subaru's interior space, quiet ride and predicted reliability won-out. It has been almost a year and 10,000 miles and I am still happy with my decision. Fuel mileage has been great - 25 city and 30+ highway. The car has enough power and I would even say the engine sounds good. The car does require a lot of correction in a crosswind and stepping over the body skirts is annoying. The car is not sporty to drive. For example an Accord is much more nimble.
Interior comfort, quiet and smooth ride, stereo, bluetooth, gas mileage, safety features, all wheel drive, transmission, exterior design
More sporty handling, different front end style, smaller body skirt below doors, quicker transmission change between drive and reverse, better handling in a crosswind