If you like hatchbacks it seems the Honda Civic and VW Golf are the two remaining holdouts worth looking at.
Honda definitely wins for reliability and price... But VW has the GTI and a DCT.
I prefer awd due to a lot of snow and hills where I live. I had a BMW 325xi wagon and an Impreza hatch before this car. I might look into something not as fun, like a regular Outback. I would think about a WRX or STi, but those have a really high theft rate in the PNW.