2010 Subaru OutbackEnlarge Photo
If you need SUV space to go with your AWD, Subaru's still got your back. The Outback, built on the Legacy's excellent bones, is available with the same six-speed number, plus added ground clearance and storage space. What, you think it's more of a wagon than an SUV? The automotive press disagrees -- this was Motor Trend's 2010 SUV of the Year -- and in an age of crossovers, even SUVs that look boxy and truck-like usually have the same architecture as the Outback hidden underneath their faux-tough bodies.
2010 Mazda Mazda6Enlarge Photo
Many in the automotive press consider the 6 the sportiest of the midsize family cars. Mazda knows this, and is careful to offer its sex family hauler with a six-speed stick, in both budget models and near-luxury editions. It's a nice, sporty stick (these are the same people who brought us the RX-8 and the Miata, after all). You still can't get it with a V6, but you don't want a family sedan with a V6, anyway. Take the savings of the four-cylinder edition, and enjoy driving it with both hands.