Thank you everybody for your replies.
The maintenance costs and repairs aren't the most important, but they are important. That said, I don't want my car to be higher maintenance than me and I'm extremely low maintenance!
I work a lot of weird hours, so getting the car to the dealer for maintenance is another concern. The latter may be more trouble than the cost, actually.
For example, I had Volkswagen sportwagen TDI on my list for awhile, but I removed it due to reliability concerns, specialized technicians, and many comments about self-maintainers dream cars. I don't want to get into my car everyday and think, gee, is this the day the fuel system's going to self-destruct?
I'm sure the Subarus are nowhere near that bad! I really love the Forester's drive and size, but don't frequently have snow here... plus the groceries empty and the streets close in Atlanta. The snow handling isn't a huge draw for me, but I do sometimes travel to Boulder, CO and someday I want to return to Seattle, WA, where mountains and lovely snow are just outside the door. Overall, I'm looking for a nice small-to-medium sized wagon. The Forester is highly appealing for it's size and comfort in Wagon-less land of the USA.