Originally Posted by Cymaro
I guess I'm thinking car or truck around that price range. I don't have much knowledge on AWD systems and their maintenance or life if that makes any sense
Here's a little info/compro about Subaru's AWD system. My wife's 2013 Subaru Legacy does better in the snow and ice then my 1 ton Cummins Ram with a 5" lift and 35" MT's.
For your budget you can take your pick at just about any used Subaru. Manuals transmissions come standard and they offer a turbo on just about every model you can think of and the 265hp 09+ Impreza WRX and Legacy GT really haul the mail with a 13.3-13.5@102mph bone stock.