$250 to service the AWD? Wow...where are you taking that car? Bring it over to my house and I will do it for $50..its a piece of cake and takes about 15 or 20 minutes if you are slow.The AWD cost more to maintain as the rear differential needs a $250 service about every 30,000 miles if you want the system to last.
Unless you have to start your car from a dead stop on a hill in slippery conditions, AWD does nothing.
I have owned FWD Honda's since 1977 - never got stuck, never needed AWD - cannot understand the need unless you live on a muddy dirt road. Subaru's AWD is much better than Honda's.
As for AWD...wouldn't buy one without it. Its "smart" in that it automatically engages on start up and stays on until about 15 MPH. Great on a wet road take off, especially on a hill or curve. Majorly better than our FWD car which will try to spin its wheels and go sideways on a hard wet road take off. Also, AWD helps while driving any time there is poor traction as it will automatically vector power to the rear when there are low traction conditions.
Resale value: Where I live its difficult to sell a FWD model. You lose more in resale value than the AWD cost new so you save a bit up front but lose it on the other end when you sell. If you are just CHEAP and don't want AWD then don't buy it but, its a personal decision. Many of us have no desire to have a vehicle that is NOT AWD.