Powerful, thrilling acceleration, AWD gives security I can have power at any time
Hatchback/small wagon styling makes for fine room in back for larger items
With decent tires it grips well, and is very easy to manuver in emergencies
Subaru has shown me rock solid reliability - never any mechanical faults at at all!
Relatively inexpensive for what you get - only similar cars are German and $10K more.