If you are in the snow belt and want AWD nothing else will do, even though FWD is closer than RWD to your goals (winter mobility).
The Subarus are competent cars. If you want a WRX, do not let my cynicism stop you. I'm guilty of buying one and enjoying it for a decade myself! Just be very picky with money. You should keep as much as possible. Shop, shop, shop.
An east coast dealer with whom many have been pleased, and who has been contributing to threads on the site, is also a vendor. Consider the WRX buyer thread, maybe he can beat the competition.
Buy the seller not just the car. Insist on great service and professionalism. Good luck.