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Which 2013 cars (not SUVs) have all-wheel drive?

More than 60 all-wheel-drive cars are available for 2013, though all but six have base prices more than $30,000. Only one, the $18,665 Subaru Impreza, starts below $20,000. With the demise of Suzuki in the U.S. two of the less-expensive all-wheel-drive cars (the SX4 and Kizashi) are no longer produced, so there are fewer lower-priced choices.

More than half of the all-wheel-drive cars are priced at more than $40,000, and the Lamborghini Aventador tops the price chart at $400,495.

Below are 2013 all-wheel-drive cars broken down by price range (all prices include destination charges).

Less Than $20,000

  • 2013 Subaru Impreza: $18,665

$20,000 to $30,000

  • 2013 Subaru Legacy: $21,065
  • 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer SE: $21,090
  • 2013 Toyota Matrix: $23,210
  • 2013 Subaru Outback: $24,290
  • 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX: $26,565

$30,000 to $40,000

  • 2013 Ford Taurus: $31,545
  • 2013 Audi A3: $31,745
  • 2013 Dodge Charger SXT: $32,490
  • 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium: $32,995
  • 2013 Chrysler 300: $33,640
  • 2013 Audi A4: $34,295
  • 2013 Volvo S60: $34,795
  • 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: $35,490
  • 2013 VW Golf R: $35,590
  • 2013 Volvo XC70: $36,495
  • 2013 Buick LaCrosse: $36,930
  • 2013 Cadillac ATS: $37,795
  • 2013 Lexus IS 250: $38,240
  • 2013 Lincoln MKZ: $38,710
  • 2013 Audi A5: $38,745
  • 2013 Audi TT: $39,545
  • 2013 Chrysler 300C: $39,640
  • 2013 BMW 328: $39,745
  • 2013 Infiniti G37x: $39,855
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: $39,855

$40,000 to $50,000

  • 2013 Acura TL: $40,350
  • 2013 Cadillac CTS: $41,700
  • 2013 Volkswagen CC: $42,660
  • 2013 Lexus IS 350: $43,675
  • 2013 Volvo S80: $44,045
  • 2013 Audi A6: $45,295
  • 2013 Lincoln MKS: $45,760
  • 2013 BMW 335: $46,045
  • 2013 Audi TTS: $48,245
  • 2013 Audi S4: $48,495

$50,000 to $60,000

  • 2013 Lexus GS 350: $50,695
  • 2013 BMW 528: $50,995
  • 2013 Infiniti M37x: $51,755
  • 2013 Audi S5: $51,795
  • 2013 Cadillac XTS: $51,835
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: $54,405
  • 2013 BMW 535: $56,595
  • 2013 Audi TT RS: $58,095

$60,000 to $70,000

  • 2013 Audi A7: $60,995
  • 2013 BMW 535 Gran Turismo: $61,495
  • 2013 Infiniti M56x: $64,605
  • 2013 BMW 550: $65,895

$70,000 to $80,000

  • 2013 BMW 550 Gran Turismo: $70,995
  • 2013 Audi A8: $73,095
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: $75,405
  • 2013 Lexus LS 460: $75,830

$80,000 and beyond

  • 2013 Porsche Panamera: $81,425
  • 2013 BMW 740: $81,495
  • 2013 BMW 750: $90,695
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz S350: $93,905
  • 2013 Nissan GT-R: $97,820
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL550: $116,205
  • 2013 Lexus LS 600h: $120,805
  • 2013 BMW Alpina B7: $131,995
  • 2013 Porsche 911: $138,450
  • 2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur: $186,925
  • 2013 Bentley Continental GTC: $196,025
  • 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggara: $241,395
  • 2013 Bentley Continental Supersports: $294,625
  • 2013 Lamborghini Aventador: $400,495

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What Is All-Wheel Drive?

History

The first production-car AWD systems were offered by German automaker Jensen in 1966, followed by Subaru, American Motors and Jeep in 1973.

Purpose

AWD systems are intended to give a car the all-terrain flexibility of four wheel drive(4WD), the directional stability of front wheel drive(FWD), and the precision control of rear wheel drive (RWD).

Function

An AWd system can start out as either FWD or RWD, but in either case uses a center differential similar to those found in the axles to allow the front and rear wheels to turn at different speeds.

Safety

Whereas FWD cars tend to plow on in whatever direction they’re already going (understeer), and RWD cars tend to spin when turned hard (oversteer), a properly designed AWD system will always send the vehicle in whatever direction the steering wheel is pointed.

Power Split

Some performance AWD cars like the Subaru WRX are designed to act like RWD car until the rear tires begin to slip, but most default to a FWD mode.


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With temperatures dropping and winter setting in, snow and other unfavorable road conditions will be on the rise, and without the use of an all-wheel drive vehicle, those situations can be tough to manage. Even if you live in an area where inclement weather doesn t reach you, having an AWD vehicle is great for those roads less traveled without going full off-roading.

Many automakers may offer an AWD system as a standard feature, but with others, you have to pay a premium if you want the extra traction. We ve compiled a list of the top ten AWD vehicles that won t break the bank. Whether you re looking for an affordable, reliable car or a luxury sedan or something in between, there s sure to be something on the list for everyone.

Acura MDX

SUVs are some of the best cars on the road when the weather turns. Many offer all-wheel drive as a standard feature, like the Acura MDX. The automaker s SH-AWD system is one of the best on the road today, making it an ideal choice if an SUV suits your lifestyle. But the AWD system isn t the only attractive aspect of this vehicle; it s also one of the safest on the road. The 2014 Acura MDX earned a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA and earned the designation of Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. And with a starting price under $45,000, this luxury SUV should definitely be on anyone s list for AWD vehicles.

Audi A4

Audi s Quattro all-wheel drive system first entered the scene over 30 years ago and became the first permanent AWD system for passenger cars. Today, it s become one of the best in the business, giving the Audi A4 an edge over its competitors. The Quattro system comes as an option on all models in the A4 lineup and is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, giving customers more options in customization. This luxury sedan is one of the brand s best-selling models, and with such a strong and notable AWD system, we can see why.

BMW 3 Series

Not only is the BMW 3 Series one of the most popular luxury cars on the road today, it is offered with a great xDrive AWD system so you don t have to choose between luxury/comfort and performance. All three models in the 3 Series lineup have an AWD model, making it possible to afford one, even on a tighter budget. With a starting price of $34,950 for the BMW 320i xDrive, it comes in under the likes of the Audi A4 and other competitors. Added to that, its superior handling makes it even easier to navigate those tougher roads when the weather finally hits.

Chrysler 300

Chrysler s entry into the AWD game is the 300, and its slogan, Imported from Detroit, suggests the AWD system can handle what the weather throws at it. While it may not be the most popular car on the list, it does have its merits, one of them being its price tag of just $36,495 before any other additions. Although some would rather get a BMW or Audi for that kind of money, the Chrysler 300 is a true luxury car. With the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, we can see why this AWD model would be at the top of some buyers lists.

Ford Taurus

Like with many of the other models on the list, the Ford Taurus offers an AWD system on the SEL and Limited model, while the SHO model has it as a standard feature. Although this isn t our favorite model to drive around busy urban streets, when the AWD is called for in snowy weather or poor road conditions, it s easy to see why the Ford Taurus made the list. And just like the Chrysler 300, the Taurus SHO comes at a premium, with a starting price over $40,000; however the Ford doesn t offer as good fuel economy as the 300.

Infiniti Q50

Infiniti is one of those brands that slip to the back of our minds when shopping for cars, and this is true when looking at AWD models. But the 2014 Infiniti Q50 not only offers a great AWD package, but has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. While none of the models in the Q50 lineup come standard with AWD, each model including the base offers it as an option. If there was one car on this list to compete against the likes of the BMW and Audi, it would be the Infiniti Q50. Unlike its German competitors, however, this model isn t offered with a manual transmission.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is just now gaining some popularity among car buyers since its debut for the 2013 model year. This compact crossover not only offers the reliability and affordability of the Mazda brand, but it s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Each model in the lineup comes with the option of AWD, while not even the Grand Touring model offers it as a standard feature. However, the option only adds $1,250 to the overall starting price and it still doesn t hit that $30,000 mark until you add in the destination charges. Even the gas mileage is decent at 25/32 mpg city/highway.

Subaru Forester

Subaru has long been a top contender in the AWD game, with most of the models in its lineup coming with standard AWD. The Forester remains one of the brand s most popular models, and with great gas mileage, an attractive base price of $22,195, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, it s easy to see why. But Subaru s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive pushes this SUV ahead of its competition. Whether you re taking it off the beaten path, cruising down the highway, or pushing through tough inclement weather, the Subaru Forester handles it all with ease.

Subaru Legacy

Just like with the Forester, the Subaru Legacy features the same Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system as a standard feature, making it one of the only midsize sedans to have standard AWD. But that s not all this car has to offer. Backed by the brand s reputation for affordability and reliability, the Legacy also boasts an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. With the latest safety and technology features, the Subaru Legacy is affordable, offers attractive interior and exterior styling, and delivers a great experience no matter where you re driving it.

Volvo S60 T6

When looking for a sedan that offers AWD, sometimes the only option outside Subaru is to enter the luxury segment. With models like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, Volvo throws in its S60 T6 into the mix. Unlike some of its German competitors, Volvo offers its AWD system as a standard feature on the T6 model, but can be optioned on the T5 for an additional $2,000. Although it may be more expensive with a starting price of over $40,000, it s been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, something that can t be said about the 3 Series or A4.


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These vehicles will take you through the snow and ice of the season

Photo: Jim Reed

When winter’s wrath hits hard, a car with all-wheel drive is your best bet to help navigate the roads safely.

All-wheel drive (AWD) feeds power to all four wheels and provides maximum forward traction. It is especially helpful in wintry conditions and when driving over moderate off-road terrain. Its lightness and compactness makes AWD the system of choice for cars and crossovers. Many modern systems exact only a slight fuel economy penalty, and their engagement is seamless.

But there are limitations of AWD, as it does nothing to improve braking or regular cornering. Thus, such systems don’t enable you to drive the same way or at the same speed as you would on a dry road.

If you’re considering a new car and live in an area where roadways could be covered with ice, snow, or other traction challenges, take a look at the models below to find AWD choices in a variety of vehicle categories.

How big a factor is all-wheel drive on your next new car?


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Which cars come with all-wheel drive?

Which cars — not SUVs or crossovers — are available with all-wheel drive?

We’ve updated this list with new 2009 and 2010 cars with all-wheel drive. Some models have lost all-wheel drive for 2009, including the Dodge Avenger, Dodge Caliber and Chrysler Sebring, while others have gained the feature like the 2009 Acura TL.

Cars — not trucks, SUVs or crossovers — with all-wheel drive range from the $16,439 Suzuki SX4 hatchback up to a $354,000 Lamborghini Murcielago. We’d guess you’re looking for something a little less exotic than a 640-horsepower, two-seat roadster. If you’re not, then the Murcielago is OK in our book.

The following are available new cars that have all-wheel drive. For a complete list with more trim levels, use our Vehicle Recommender and search for cars and all-wheel drive; the results page will have links to each car’s vehicle page, where you can find prices, photos, colors and ownership costs.

Update: You can find a list of 2011 models here .

$10,000 to $20,000

  • 2009 Suzuki SX4 — $16,439
  • 2009 Subaru Impreza — $17,495
  • 2009 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport — $19,995

$20,000 to $30,000

  • 2010 Pontiac Vibe — 20,275
  • 2009 Pontiac Vibe — $20,475
  • 2009 Toyota Matrix — $20,500
  • 2010 Toyota Matrix — $20,760
  • 2009 Subaru Legacy — $20,795
  • 2009 Subaru Outback — $22,295
  • 2009 Ford Fusion — $24,345
  • 2009 Mercury Milan — $24,845
  • 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart — $26,490
  • 2009 Mercury Sable — $26,970
  • 2010 Ford Fusion — $27,435
  • 2010 Mercury Milan —$27,800
  • 2009 Ford Taurus — $28,520
  • 2010 Ford Taurus —$29,020
  • 2009 Dodge Charger — $29,790

$30,000 to $40,000

  • 2009 Audi A3 — $30,500
  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse — $31,820
  • 2009 Audi A4 — $31,850
  • 2009 Chrysler 300 — $32,100
  • 2009 Ford Taurus — $32,520
  • 2010 Ford Taurus — $33,020
  • 2009 Volvo S40 — $33,800
  • 2009 Dodge Charger — $34,260
  • 2009 Lincoln MKZ — $34,585
  • 2009 Volvo S60 — $34,600
  • 2009 Lexus IS 250 — $34,785
  • 2009 Volvo V50 — $35,500
  • 2009 BMW 328 — $35,600
  • 2009 Infiniti G37x — $35,750
  • 2010 Lincoln MKZ — $36,005
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class — $36,200
  • 2009 Saab 9-3 — $36,395
  • 2009 Volvo XC70 — $37,250
  • 2009 Audi TT — $37,300
  • 2009 Acura TL— $38,505
  • 2009 Chrysler 300C — $39,175
  • 2009 Cadillac CTS — $39,760
  • 2009 Volkswagen CC — $39,800

$40,000 to $50,000

  • 2009 Lincoln MKS — $40,380
  • 2009 Audi A5 — $40,700
  • 2009 Volvo S80 — $42,050
  • 2009 BMW 335 — $42,300
  • 2009 Acura RL — $46,680
  • 2009 Lexus GS 350 — $46,800
  • 2009 Infiniti M35x — $47,950
  • 2009 BMW 528 — $48,100
  • 2009 Cadillac STS — $48,745

$50,000 to $60,000

  • 2009 Audi A6 — $50,100
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class — $53,200
  • 2009 BMW 535 — $53,400
  • 2009 Infiniti M45x — $54,650

$60,000 to $70,000

  • 2009 Lexus LS 460 — $67,200

$70,000 to $80,000

  • 2009 Audi A8 — $74,050
  • 2009 Audi S6 — $75,900
  • 2009 Nissan GT-R — $76,840

$80,000 and beyond

  • 2009 Porsche 911 — $81,700
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class — $92,350
  • 2009 Audi S8 — $96,200
  • 2009 Lexus LS 600h — $105,885
  • 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 — 107,900
  • 2009 Audi R8 — $114,200
  • 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur — $174,100
  • 2009 Bentley Continental GT — $179,200
  • 2009 Bentley Continental GTC – $197,500
  • 2009 Lamborghini Gallardo — $198,000
  • 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago — $354,000

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    All wheel drive cars

    You will find listed below some of the most popular all wheel drive cars. They have been featured on top lists of AWD cars from sources such as Road and Track and MSN autos. The highlighted vehicles have been researched in more depth. Just click on the car name you are interested in to get more information about the car s AWD system as well as other stats such as performance and reliability.

    If you want to see the complete list of AWD cars for 2012 just visit this page: 2012 AWD Cars List

    Definition of AWD

    The usual interpretation of the term “All Wheel Drive” (often shortened to AWD), is that all 4 wheels are constantly receiving power from the engine. In reality most AWD cars will only transfer power to the back wheels when the front wheels sense a loss of traction. Even if the name may be a bit misleading, AWD s capacity to shift power from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip, has significantly enhanced the performance and safety of vehicles that have it.


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    Which 2013 cars (not SUVs) have all-wheel drive?

    More than 60 all-wheel-drive cars are available for 2013, though all but six have base prices more than $30,000. Only one, the $18,665 Subaru Impreza, starts below $20,000. With the demise of Suzuki in the U.S. two of the less-expensive all-wheel-drive cars (the SX4 and Kizashi) are no longer produced, so there are fewer lower-priced choices.

    More than half of the all-wheel-drive cars are priced at more than $40,000, and the Lamborghini Aventador tops the price chart at $400,495.

    Below are 2013 all-wheel-drive cars broken down by price range (all prices include destination charges).

    Less Than $20,000

    • 2013 Subaru Impreza: $18,665

    $20,000 to $30,000

    • 2013 Subaru Legacy: $21,065
    • 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer SE: $21,090
    • 2013 Toyota Matrix: $23,210
    • 2013 Subaru Outback: $24,290
    • 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX: $26,565

    $30,000 to $40,000

    • 2013 Ford Taurus: $31,545
    • 2013 Audi A3: $31,745
    • 2013 Dodge Charger SXT: $32,490
    • 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium: $32,995
    • 2013 Chrysler 300: $33,640
    • 2013 Audi A4: $34,295
    • 2013 Volvo S60: $34,795
    • 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: $35,490
    • 2013 VW Golf R: $35,590
    • 2013 Volvo XC70: $36,495
    • 2013 Buick LaCrosse: $36,930
    • 2013 Cadillac ATS: $37,795
    • 2013 Lexus IS 250: $38,240
    • 2013 Lincoln MKZ: $38,710
    • 2013 Audi A5: $38,745
    • 2013 Audi TT: $39,545
    • 2013 Chrysler 300C: $39,640
    • 2013 BMW 328: $39,745
    • 2013 Infiniti G37x: $39,855
    • 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: $39,855

    $40,000 to $50,000

    • 2013 Acura TL: $40,350
    • 2013 Cadillac CTS: $41,700
    • 2013 Volkswagen CC: $42,660
    • 2013 Lexus IS 350: $43,675
    • 2013 Volvo S80: $44,045
    • 2013 Audi A6: $45,295
    • 2013 Lincoln MKS: $45,760
    • 2013 BMW 335: $46,045
    • 2013 Audi TTS: $48,245
    • 2013 Audi S4: $48,495

    $50,000 to $60,000

    • 2013 Lexus GS 350: $50,695
    • 2013 BMW 528: $50,995
    • 2013 Infiniti M37x: $51,755
    • 2013 Audi S5: $51,795
    • 2013 Cadillac XTS: $51,835
    • 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class: $54,405
    • 2013 BMW 535: $56,595
    • 2013 Audi TT RS: $58,095

    $60,000 to $70,000

    • 2013 Audi A7: $60,995
    • 2013 BMW 535 Gran Turismo: $61,495
    • 2013 Infiniti M56x: $64,605
    • 2013 BMW 550: $65,895

    $70,000 to $80,000

    • 2013 BMW 550 Gran Turismo: $70,995
    • 2013 Audi A8: $73,095
    • 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550: $75,405
    • 2013 Lexus LS 460: $75,830

    $80,000 and beyond

    • 2013 Porsche Panamera: $81,425
    • 2013 BMW 740: $81,495
    • 2013 BMW 750: $90,695
    • 2013 Mercedes-Benz S350: $93,905
    • 2013 Nissan GT-R: $97,820
    • 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL550: $116,205
    • 2013 Lexus LS 600h: $120,805
    • 2013 BMW Alpina B7: $131,995
    • 2013 Porsche 911: $138,450
    • 2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur: $186,925
    • 2013 Bentley Continental GTC: $196,025
    • 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggara: $241,395
    • 2013 Bentley Continental Supersports: $294,625
    • 2013 Lamborghini Aventador: $400,495

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    All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vs. Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)

    What is the difference between an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) car and a Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) car? Both cars drive all four wheels so in one sense there is no difference except that AWD has become an accepted description for a car that drives all of the wheels, all of the time. 4WD is generally accepted as a car or more typically a larger SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) that uses a driver selectable system that mechanically engages the drive to all four wheels.

    4WD is normally used on large SUV Four-Wheel Drive (4×4) vehicles designed to use the extra traction of 4WD in off road situations. These vehicles are predominately truck based platforms with large wheels and off road tyres that combined with a manually selected and a locked 4WD driveline enables the vehicle to venture off-road and negotiate very difficult terrain.

    A locked 4WD driveline means that there is direct mechanical link between front and rear axles with no mechanism to allow any difference in the number rotations of the front and rear axles. This means that when the 4×4 vehicle turns a corner because the radius of turn is different for front and rear axles, the tyres on the axle with the smaller radius of turn must be able to slip on a loose slippery ground surface. If the ground surface is not slippery and the tyres do not slip, then the driveline (axles and propeller shaft etc) will twist and stress will be induced. This is known as ‘wind up’ and ultimately if the twist cannot dissipate the vehicle will no longer be able to move as it becomes ‘locked up’. This will generally only happen at lower speeds on ground surfaces with no slip. At higher speeds or on slippery road surfaces, the tyre is able to slip and the ‘wind up’ is released. This means that when 4WD vehicles are driven on normal road surfaces, 4×4 must be deselected and the vehicle driven in two wheel drive.

    As stated in the first paragraph, an AWD vehicle drives all of the wheels all of the time, so the system must include a mechanism that is generally a limited slip differential or an electronically controlled clutch to allow a rotational difference between front and rear axles.

    Crossover small or medium SUV All-Wheel Drive cars such as Subaru Forester that are designed for normal road use with occasional dirt or mild off road use generally use permanently engaged AWD systems. This has the active safety advantage of always having twice the grip of a driver selectable 4WD system. This means that in the unexpected situation where the corner is more slippery than expected or when immediate traction is required to move safely into merging traffic, All-Wheel Drive is already engaged and the required level of traction is available to safely negotiate the situation.

    The best SUV. therefore, from an active safety point of view is an AWD vehicle that does not require driver selection to drive all four wheels. This is because twice the level of traction is always available to get out of that difficult situation when a split second can make the difference between life and death.

    However, to be a true All-Wheel Drive vehicle the system must be one that does not require any driver intervention to select drive to all four wheels. Any system that normally runs in 2WD and only engages Four-Wheel drive when loss of traction occurs or requires driver selection is not a true AWD system because it is not driving all of the wheels, all of the time. With these systems, by the time 4X4 is engaged, traction is lost and a potentially dangerous situation has occurred.


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    These vehicles will take you through the snow and ice of the season

    Photo: Jim Reed

    When winter’s wrath hits hard, a car with all-wheel drive is your best bet to help navigate the roads safely.

    All-wheel drive (AWD) feeds power to all four wheels and provides maximum forward traction. It is especially helpful in wintry conditions and when driving over moderate off-road terrain. Its lightness and compactness makes AWD the system of choice for cars and crossovers. Many modern systems exact only a slight fuel economy penalty, and their engagement is seamless.

    But there are limitations of AWD, as it does nothing to improve braking or regular cornering. Thus, such systems don’t enable you to drive the same way or at the same speed as you would on a dry road.

    If you’re considering a new car and live in an area where roadways could be covered with ice, snow, or other traction challenges, take a look at the models below to find AWD choices in a variety of vehicle categories.

    How big a factor is all-wheel drive on your next new car?


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    Top 10 All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

    Megan Stewart writer October 29, 2014

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    With temperatures dropping and winter setting in, snow and other unfavorable road conditions will be on the rise, and without the use of an all-wheel drive vehicle, those situations can be tough to manage. Even if you live in an area where inclement weather doesn t reach you, having an AWD vehicle is great for those roads less traveled without going full off-roading.

    Many automakers may offer an AWD system as a standard feature, but with others, you have to pay a premium if you want the extra traction. We ve compiled a list of the top ten AWD vehicles that won t break the bank. Whether you re looking for an affordable, reliable car or a luxury sedan or something in between, there s sure to be something on the list for everyone.

    Acura MDX

    SUVs are some of the best cars on the road when the weather turns. Many offer all-wheel drive as a standard feature, like the Acura MDX. The automaker s SH-AWD system is one of the best on the road today, making it an ideal choice if an SUV suits your lifestyle. But the AWD system isn t the only attractive aspect of this vehicle; it s also one of the safest on the road. The 2014 Acura MDX earned a 5-Star rating from the NHTSA and earned the designation of Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. And with a starting price under $45,000, this luxury SUV should definitely be on anyone s list for AWD vehicles.

    Audi A4

    Audi s Quattro all-wheel drive system first entered the scene over 30 years ago and became the first permanent AWD system for passenger cars. Today, it s become one of the best in the business, giving the Audi A4 an edge over its competitors. The Quattro system comes as an option on all models in the A4 lineup and is paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, giving customers more options in customization. This luxury sedan is one of the brand s best-selling models, and with such a strong and notable AWD system, we can see why.

    BMW 3 Series

    Not only is the BMW 3 Series one of the most popular luxury cars on the road today, it is offered with a great xDrive AWD system so you don t have to choose between luxury/comfort and performance. All three models in the 3 Series lineup have an AWD model, making it possible to afford one, even on a tighter budget. With a starting price of $34,950 for the BMW 320i xDrive, it comes in under the likes of the Audi A4 and other competitors. Added to that, its superior handling makes it even easier to navigate those tougher roads when the weather finally hits.

    Chrysler 300

    Chrysler s entry into the AWD game is the 300, and its slogan, Imported from Detroit, suggests the AWD system can handle what the weather throws at it. While it may not be the most popular car on the list, it does have its merits, one of them being its price tag of just $36,495 before any other additions. Although some would rather get a BMW or Audi for that kind of money, the Chrysler 300 is a true luxury car. With the optional 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, we can see why this AWD model would be at the top of some buyers lists.

    Ford Taurus

    Like with many of the other models on the list, the Ford Taurus offers an AWD system on the SEL and Limited model, while the SHO model has it as a standard feature. Although this isn t our favorite model to drive around busy urban streets, when the AWD is called for in snowy weather or poor road conditions, it s easy to see why the Ford Taurus made the list. And just like the Chrysler 300, the Taurus SHO comes at a premium, with a starting price over $40,000; however the Ford doesn t offer as good fuel economy as the 300.

    Infiniti Q50

    Infiniti is one of those brands that slip to the back of our minds when shopping for cars, and this is true when looking at AWD models. But the 2014 Infiniti Q50 not only offers a great AWD package, but has been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. While none of the models in the Q50 lineup come standard with AWD, each model including the base offers it as an option. If there was one car on this list to compete against the likes of the BMW and Audi, it would be the Infiniti Q50. Unlike its German competitors, however, this model isn t offered with a manual transmission.

    Mazda CX-5

    The Mazda CX-5 is just now gaining some popularity among car buyers since its debut for the 2013 model year. This compact crossover not only offers the reliability and affordability of the Mazda brand, but it s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. Each model in the lineup comes with the option of AWD, while not even the Grand Touring model offers it as a standard feature. However, the option only adds $1,250 to the overall starting price and it still doesn t hit that $30,000 mark until you add in the destination charges. Even the gas mileage is decent at 25/32 mpg city/highway.

    Subaru Forester

    Subaru has long been a top contender in the AWD game, with most of the models in its lineup coming with standard AWD. The Forester remains one of the brand s most popular models, and with great gas mileage, an attractive base price of $22,195, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, it s easy to see why. But Subaru s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive pushes this SUV ahead of its competition. Whether you re taking it off the beaten path, cruising down the highway, or pushing through tough inclement weather, the Subaru Forester handles it all with ease.

    Subaru Legacy

    Just like with the Forester, the Subaru Legacy features the same Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system as a standard feature, making it one of the only midsize sedans to have standard AWD. But that s not all this car has to offer. Backed by the brand s reputation for affordability and reliability, the Legacy also boasts an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating. With the latest safety and technology features, the Subaru Legacy is affordable, offers attractive interior and exterior styling, and delivers a great experience no matter where you re driving it.

    Volvo S60 T6

    When looking for a sedan that offers AWD, sometimes the only option outside Subaru is to enter the luxury segment. With models like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4, Volvo throws in its S60 T6 into the mix. Unlike some of its German competitors, Volvo offers its AWD system as a standard feature on the T6 model, but can be optioned on the T5 for an additional $2,000. Although it may be more expensive with a starting price of over $40,000, it s been named an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, something that can t be said about the 3 Series or A4.