Subarus and the pacific northwest, the best option for Washington.
Subaru's AWD system is amazing. Living in the paw, both Subaru I have had have never left me stranded in the snow or ice or slush. The performance was also a major consideration when buying. I wanted something on the cheaper with but still had some ponies so the sti was an easy choice. I've had my fair share of mechanical problems, but with 130000 miles it just comes with the territory of getting a car you'll love forever.