A reliable AWD car with good gas mileage and a nice interior.
Was looking at the Subaru Legacy. Not a fan of the Impreza.
I have a (paid for) 2011 Legacy Premium and love it. Not sure why you wouldn't like a car in a few years, but definitely look at a lower-mileage 2012 or 2013. I'm 31 and living debt/payment-free is the absolute best financial decision my wife and I have ever made.
With our 3rd baby did any day now, she wanted a van. We found a one-owner, meticulously maintained, loaded to the gills 2006 for $6000 and will lose pretty Mich nothing by driving that thing into the ground. There will come a time that you get tired of your money going everywhere but your pocket, and making a good decision now will really set you up for financial success.