The Juke AWD is $1300 More expensive than the OB!!! wow!Far as I can tell, the Subaru is the very obvious choice in that list for someone looking for a wallet-friendly all weather car. The Juke is weird as ****, The Porsche...is a Porsche, the GMC is a GMC, and it costs 13k extra, and the Audi is priced in the stratosphere. The Ford and the Hyundai are the closest competitors.
Our previous car to our '11 Outback was an '08 Mercedes R350 4Matic, if your Highlander was like our Mercedes which had a button with "S" & "C" which meant standard or control, the latter would make the car start in 2nd gear to keep the tires from spinning on slick surfaces. Putting the car in "C" and turning traction control off made that vehicle nearly unstoppable in snow.That seems like a random list to me. My previous vehicle was a Highlander (2010) and it was easily roughly on par with my Outback for driving in snow. The highlander was actually better for deep snow in my opinion, likely due to being heavier. I also miss that little "Snow" button. I'll never know exactly what it did but it made driving around town in snow a breeze. But where my Outback excels is in season-wide winter driving where most often I'm dealing with snow packed or mostly plowed roads or ice much more often than deep snow. Plus it's more fun to drive and gets better mileage while doing it.
And in reality, if you drive in snow enough to consider it in purchasing a new car then you should probably be using winter tire. And in that case, any AWD/4WD vehicle is going to do fine driving around on snow.