subaru seems to be winning if you want the car route.
I picked up a 2005 equinox LT with the V6 and AWD just shy of 100k miles for 7k last winter. It is great in the snow, gets decent MPG (19-22) is what I average and has good space for when you need to carry something.
I don't know if you have a larger vehicle in the family already but it comes in handy quite often.
2012 45th L99 SS-Cold air inductions CAI-Dynatech LT's-Solo mach XL catback
333hp/341tq (before LT's)