If you really want AWD, the Mazda CX-5 would be a great choice. I know two people who own CX-5s and I have met several others (at the gas pump or other public place) just by asking how they liked their CX-5! I have a 2012 CX-9, so it's easy to strike up a conversation about Mazdas since I drive one. Everyoone that I know and/or met loves their CX-5 unequivocally!
The Mazda3 5-door is a great choice also. With winter tires and and the excellent traction control system, AWD might not be necesary after all.
I know you mentioned not caring for Volvos, but I can't stop myself from suggesting the V60 Wagon. The standard T5 model comes in FWD or AWD. $30-$32k will buy a very low mileage 2015 V60 with AWD. Volvo also offers the V60 Cross Country which is a very sharp looking version of the AWD V60. Just something to think about.....
What about the Subaru Forester? The garden variety Forester is pretty dull, IMO. But the turbocharged 2.0XXT models are a blast to drive and they're AWD!