pretty much the same as the ski car thread with some differences.
here's what I want:
Overall, a snow and fire road worthy vehicle, not too large (don't want a full sized SUV like a Explorer or Cheerokee) will be used to haul bikes, kayaks. Needs some clearance but doesn't need to be hard core off road vehicle. We plan to do a lot of hiking and many trail heads are rutted and require all or 4 wd. Needs to have some power for climbing mountains on Highway.
Cost: No more than 30-32K
On the List
1- subie outback- hard to go wrong here- this is what I think is the closest to perfect
others not in order of preference
new Mazda cx-5
Nissan Murano or rougue
Jeep Unlimited (4 door)