If you ca. Use the AWD in the snow or wet, it rains everywhere eventually, I'd look at a 2017 Buick Encore AWD. They are 20-25% off right now and searching on cars.com I find a bunch of them for $18K. It will offer a longer warranty than the economy cars you mentioned and provide oil change and tire rotations the first two years.
Our 2013 Buick Encore would see 39 mpg at 60 mph for hours on end...with AWD.