2005-2007 Legacy GT Wagon
Would tick pretty much all the boxes for a fun, reliable and practical DD. You could also include the sedan, but the wagon is better looking. The only slight negative is the not so great MPG.
Handy thread this, my next car is likely to be a $15-$25k fun vehicle. Some suggestions I did not think of in here, an Evo would be nice, but the fact I regularly see young kids driving them puts me off somewhat knowing they will likely be beat to sh*t.