I needed to replace my 2009 Jetta (5spd), and had the following criteria: manual, AWD, under 25K, around 30 mpg. I park on the street in Chicago, so once snow plow season starts, it's pretty easy to get plowed in and stuck w/ 2wd. My wife's Forester handles everything you through at it. As others have said, there's not a lot of options if you're looking for a manual with AWD.
Test drove a '15 Sport, and hated it. When the dealer tried to start it, he couldn't and had to get a jump. Something was seriously wrong with the motor, sounded like it was misfiring, and was a terrible drive. Test drove a Crosstrek, didn't like that either. Waited a few more months, then started over. Went out and test drive another manual Rene - was like night and day difference to the first. Loved it.
I also really love the MySky - knock on wood, I've had no problems with it. It's about the closest I can get to a wrangler - without a garage and no place to store a hard or soft top, and given the Chicago winters, I'm loving the jeep so far...
2016 Latitude, 4x4, 1.4L 6spd manual, Crystal Granite