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10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $30,000

You don’t have to live in a snowy climate or travel to the local ski resort to benefit from all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is a safety feature that can be a welcome advantage in the event of a sudden storm that leaves roads slippery. It adds that extra bit of confidence if things get muddy, or there’s a patch of black ice on the highway. As you can see in our 10 best all-wheel-drive vehicles list, you can get in a variety of easy-to-recommend models for less than $30,000. Sure, there are a lot of Subarus on this list, but that is a company that prides itself on the extensive list of standard safety features, and all-wheel drive is one of those that every Subaru comes with (with the exception of the BRZ). However, you can get all-wheel drive on more than just SUVs: there are hatchbacks and sedans you can choose from as well. Note: all pricing listed here includes the cost of all-wheel drive.

The all-new Subaru Outback has the ground clearance, body cladding and space of an SUV, with the driving character of a wagon. And, with more features and a full redesign, the Outback’s starting price is $27,655, about the same as it was last year. Find a Subaru Outback for sale near you

The Forester is more SUV-oriented than the Outback and, like its larger sibling, was also recently redesigned. It’s compact in size but smart interior packaging makes the cabin feel roomy. The Forester’s starting price is $25,505. Find a Subaru Forester for sale near you

The Hyundai Santa Fe shows that getting a vehicle with a lot of value doesn’t mean compromising on quality. The Santa Fe offers modern tech, refined driving manners, and a spacious, elegant interior, all at a starting price of $28,695. Find a Hyundai Santa Fe for sale near you

Subaru’s offering in the red-hot subcompact SUV segment is the versatile Crosstrek. Based on the company’s Impreza, the Crosstrek boasts easy maneuverability, great ground clearance, a generous cargo area and a hybrid option. Prices start at $23,155. Find a Subaru Crosstrek for sale near you

One of the most popular compact SUVs on the market gets even better for 2020, with updates that include the addition of a hybrid option. This Honda offers utility, comfort and style in an affordable package. The CR-V, which has a starting price of $27,645, also boasts strong resale value. Find a CR-V for sale near you

Over the past year or so, Subaru has revamped much of its lineup, including the Legacy. The 2020 Subaru Legacy has more interior space, better handling, and a lot of standard safety, including the EyeSight suite of safety features, as well as all-wheel drive. Starting MSRP is $23,620. Find a Subaru Legacy for sale near you

The subcompact Renegade has Jeep-inspired good looks and more capability than you’d expect. It’s available with a choice of engines, including a new turbocharged engine, and pricing starts at a reasonable $25,270 with AWD. Find a Jeep Renegade for sale near you

Scoring major points with its refinement, style and driving personality, the Mazda3 is designed for fun. Opting for AWD makes it just as ready to face the elements. Choose the sedan and you get AWD at a lower price – starting at $25,020; the hatchback gets you more cargo space. Find a Mazda3 for sale near you

The Altima is the most recent sedan to offer all-wheel-drive capability. The recently redesigned Nissan Altima has sharp styling, a high-quality interior, and an impressive turbo 4-cylinder engine option. Pricing for the AWD Altima starts at $26,375. Find a Nissan Altima for sale near you

Toyota is dedicated to making highly efficient and highly reliable hybrid vehicles. Toyota recently added the all-season confidence of AWD to the Prius. The Prius AWD-e system only operates up to 43 mph, but it’s a system that’s ready to step in when lack of traction is an issue. Starting price is $27,765. Find a Prius for sale near you

Mazda CX-5 2.5 AT AWD – czy warto się skusić? | TEST

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Mazda to ciekawa marka na tle pozostałych. Ten stosunkowo niewielki producent z Hiroszimy nie lubi się dostosowywać. Ma własny pomysł na motoryzację i nie zamierza go zmieniać. Przykłady? Oferta silnikowa. Kiedyś Mazda miała silnik Wankla, a teraz w gamie nie znajdziemy małych, wysilonych jednostek turbodoładowanych, czy pełnych napędów hybrydowych (choć te ostatnie już są zapowiadane). Co więcej, benzyniaki nadal nie mają doładowania. Mazda ucieka od downsizingu, ale czy w dzisiejszych czasach ma to sens?

Mazda CX-5 2.5 AT AWD – cudów nie ma

Wolnossący, 2,5-litrowy silnik to gatunek na wymarciu. Ma cztery cylindry, więc nie sprawia, by Maździe było bliżej do marki premium. Motor generuje 194 KM i 258 Nm. Taki moment obrotowy w dzisiejszych czasach nie imponuje. W dodatku, jak to w przypadku jednostki wolnossącej, jest on osiągany dopiero przy 4000 obr./min. Oznacza to słabszą elastyczność w porównaniu z nowymi silnikami turbo. Motor Mazdy rozkręca się stopniowo i lubi wyższe obroty.

W tym przypadku za zmianę biegów odpowiada sześciostopniowy automat. Nie jest on może mistrzem szybkości, ale przełożenia wybiera gładko i bez szarpnięć. Lekko pobudza go włączenie trybu Sport. Z silnikiem 2.5 nie jest oferowana ręczna skrzynia. Mazda CX-5 w tej wersji zapewnia dość przyzwoite osiągi, jak na rodzinnego SUV-a – 9,5 s do setki to niezły wynik – ale jest przewidziana raczej dla spokojnego kierowcy. Osoby oczekujące w każdej chwili natychmiastowej reakcji na dodanie gazu, mogą poczuć się rozczarowane.

Nie zrozumcie mnie źle, motor 2.5 nie jest przestarzały – ma m.in. bezpośredni wtrysk paliwa, wysoki stopień sprężania 13:1 i system dezaktywacji dwóch cylindrów uruchamiany przy niskim obciążeniu, który pozytywnie wpływa na zużycie paliwa.

Mazda CX-5 2.5 AT AWD – ile pali?

No właśnie, ile pali SUV z dużym benzynowym silnikiem, automatem i inteligentnym napędem na cztery koła? Nie tak mało, ale też nie tak dużo, jak można by było przypuszczać. W mieście spalanie wynosi nieco ponad 10 l/100 km. Podobny wynik (9,5-9,8 l) osiąga się na autostradzie (do 140 km/h). Przy szybszej jeździe zużycie paliwa wzrasta do ponad 11 litrów. Co ciekawe, powyżej 160 km/h (oczywiście na odcinku niemieckiej autostrady bez ograniczenia prędkości) powietrze opływające lewe lusterko boczne zaczęło „gwizdać”. Śmieszny dźwięk, podobny do czajnika z gwizdkiem (być może dzieje się tak tylko w tym konkretnym egzemplarzu). Ogólnie w kabinie CX-5 jest bardzo cicho.

Z drugiej strony łagodnie traktowana Mazda na lokalnych drogach potrafi się odwdzięczyć spalaniem wynoszącym jedyne 7,2 l/100 km. Trasa pół na pół, czyli droga krajowa i ekspresowa, dała wynik 7,8-8,0 l na 100 km. CX-5 zachęca jednak do bardziej dynamicznego prowadzenia, ponieważ jest jednym z lepiej jeżdżących SUV-ów – zwinnym i dobrze trzymającym się drogi, dzięki sztywnemu, nie „bujającemu” się zawieszeniu.

Mazda CX-5 2.5 AT AWD – plusy i minusy

No dobrze, ale samochód to nie tylko układy napędowy i jezdny. Szczególnie w uniwersalnym SUV-ie ważnych jest znacznie więcej parametrów, np. przestronność. Tutaj Mazda CX-5 nie ma się czego wstydzić. Z przodu i z tyłu jest dużo miejsca, a bagażnik ma pojemność wynoszącą od 506 do 1620 l. Praktycznymi rozwiązaniami są oparcia tylnej kanapy składane również od strony bagażnika oraz roleta podnosząca i opuszczająca się razem z klapą.

Projekt deski rozdzielczej nie jest tak finezyjny, jak nadwozie, ale wnętrze Mazdy jest przejrzyste i eleganckie. Fotele pokryto gruba i miłą w dotyku skórą Nappa. Należy przy tym pamiętać, że to tapicerka dostępna tylko w najbogatszej wersji wyposażenia SkyDream. Mazda to kolejna japońska marka, która oferuje kiepskie multimedia. Ekran ma przeciętny rozmiar siedmiu cali, a obsługa systemu jest taka sobie. Otóż dotykowy jest on wyłącznie na postoju, podczas jazdy trzeba korzystać wyłącznie z pokrętła znajdującego się na konsoli centralnej (czy to bezpieczniejsze?). W dodatku obraz z kamer pokazujących widok dookoła pojazdu ma niską jakość. Zadowolona za to będzie osoba nadal korzystająca z płyt CD, ponieważ Mazda jako jeden z niewielu producentów wciąż oferuje tego typu odtwarzacz.

Mazda CX-5 2.5 AT AWD – ile kosztuje?

CX-5 jest obecnie najlepiej sprzedającym się modelem Mazdy na świecie. To nie dziwi w czasach wielkiej popularności samochodów typu SUV. Tak samo jest w Polsce, gdzie w 2018 roku kupiono 3539 sztuk tego auta. A ceny nie są niskie. Produkowana w Japonii Mazda CX-5 kosztuje przynajmniej 105 900 zł (2.0/165 KM). Wersja z 2,5-litrowym silnikiem benzynowym to już 134 900 zł, a testowana odmiana SkyDream z „automatem” i napędem obu osi to wydatek 175 900 zł. Na rynku jest wielu tańszych konkurentów, ale cena nie zawsze odgrywa najważniejsza rolę.

Mazda CX-5 2.5 AT AWD SkyDream – naszym zdaniem

„CX-piątka” nie jest idealna, ale przecież nie ma takich samochodów. Na pewno atrakcyjnie wygląda, szczególnie w charakterystycznym kolorze Soul Red (4500 zł dopłaty), do tego ma funkcjonalne wnętrze i bardzo przyjemnie się nią jeździ. Zwolennikom wolnossących silników do gustu przypadnie też gama benzynowych jednostek napędowych, które nie palą zbyt dużo. Mazda jest inna, ma swój styl i to jest jej największą zaletą.

When the weather shows you its worst side, our legendary quattro® all-wheel drive shows you its best. By intuitively sending power to all four wheels, quattro® delivers power to the wheels with the most grip, maximizing traction in wet-weather conditions.

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quattro® moments: Always there

One size does not fit all

Unlike some other all-wheel drive systems, Audi tailors each quattro® system to the specific vehicle it’s found on. For example, our high-performance models are available with a unique version of quattro® that differs from our SUVs. By tailoring the system to each vehicle’s intended purpose, quattro® can provide enhanced performance and traction benefits.

Variable torque split

A variable torque split between the front and rear wheels can deliver power where and when it’s needed most, granting more traction to the wheels with the most grip. It helps give you surer footing on ever-shifting road conditions.

Torque vectoring

It’s all about physics. Available torque vectoring works by braking the inside wheel(s) in corners, proactively transferring torque to the outside wheels — which helps turn the car and improve handling performance. Newton spoke, we listened.

Sport differential

Available on select vehicles, including S and RS models, the sport differential uses an active rear differential to not only send power to the outside rear wheel in corners, but to also accelerate that wheel up to 10 percent faster. Simply put, the sport differential uses the rear wheels to help turn the vehicle for maximum cornering performance.

The legend of quattro®

Thirty-five years ago, Audi quattro® became the first permanent all-wheel drive system for passenger cars. Since then, it’s inspired many imitations — but no equal. 1 Cold weather conditions
When driving during cold, rainy, snowy or icy weather conditions, ensure that your vehicle is equipped with appropriate all-season or winter tires. Even with appropriate tires, you must always drive in a manner appropriate for the weather, visibility and road conditions.

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All-wheel Drive Cars List

AWD cars come with gasoline, diesel and even electric versions these days. This article tells you more about all-wheel drive cars with good gas mileage and on-road performance.

AWD cars come with gasoline, diesel and even electric versions these days. This article tells you more about all-wheel drive cars with good gas mileage and on-road performance.

In the past, this technology was most significantly used in large trucks, Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV’s), sports cars and other mean machines. With the passage of time, the AWD has penetrated into commercial everyday cars too.

As the name portrays, all-wheel drive technology is one which enables the engine to control all the axles of the automobile.

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So, the power for self-propelling is distributed to all-wheels. This helps the vehicle move on difficult terrains and rough roads easily, obtain maximum stability on slippery and snowy surfaces, and provide traction.

Note that ‘all-wheel drive’ means all the wheels are power controlled by the engine, regardless of the number of wheels the vehicle has.

This concept applies to trucks which are used to carry tons of luggage and material. On the other hand, ‘four-wheel drive’ refers to only four wheels that are provided with power, which is most common in cars.

The Best All-wheel Drive Cars

AWD Sedans & Coupes

  1. Lexus IS
  2. Chrystler 300
  3. Infinity G
  4. Subaru Impreza
  5. Mercedes-Benz E class
  6. BMW 5-series
  7. Audi A5
  8. Cadillac CTS
  9. Cadillac ATS
  10. Subaru WRX
  11. Mercedes-Benz C class
  12. Subaru Legacy
  13. BMW 3-series
  14. Audi A8L
  15. Ford Taurus

AWD Crossovers & SUV’s

  1. Subaru XV Crosstrek
  2. Tesla Model X
  3. Maxza CX-9
  4. Volvo XC 90
  5. Porsche Cayenne
  6. Honda CR-V
  7. BMW X5
  8. Audi Q7
  9. Volkswagen Atlas
  10. GMC Terrain
  11. Jeep Grand Cherokee AWD
  12. Porsche Macan
  13. Toyota Highlander
  14. Subaru Forester
  15. Acura MDX

AWD Hybrids & Pure Electric Vehicles

  1. Jaguar I-Pace (Fully Electric)
  2. Nissan leaf (Fully Electric)
  3. Tesla Model X (Fully Electric)
  4. Tesla Model S (Fully Electric)
  5. Toyota Prius Prime (Fully Electric)
  6. BMW i8 (Fully Electric)
  7. BMW i3 (Fully Electric)
  8. Mercedes-Benz B250e (Fully Electric)
  9. Hyundai Sonata PHEV (Hybrid)
  10. Toyota Highlander (Hybrid)
  11. Hyundai Ioniq (Hybrid)
  12. Porsche Cayenne (Hybrid)
  13. Volvo XC90 T8 (Hybrid)
  14. Toyota RAV4 (Hybrid)
  15. Nissan Rogue (Hybrid)

Remember that for buying an all-wheel drive vehicle, you generally have to pay a bit extra than the standard price. There are many manufacturers that have quality and reliable AWD systems incorporated in their automobiles, but there are few companies whose drive systems are exceptionally good. Subaru and Mitsubishi are two of the most reputed ones, owing to the fact that they are prominent players in European rally championships. For commercial vehicle AWD systems; brands like Volvo, Saab, Audi, Acura, and Mercedes-Benz are believed to be the best ones. We hope this list have given you good information on AWD cars and SUVs.

The 10 Best Honda AWD Cars Of All Time

Honda is a Japanese automobile company that has made a name for itself in the international scene for its large variety of products. It produces motorcycles, vehicles, and also internal combustion engines, where it is one of the largest producers by volume worldwide. When you come to vehicles, the automobile company spares no effort in giving us the best that can hit the road. At the moment, it is on a spree in producing all-wheel-drive vehicles, commonly referred to as AWD. Digital Trends gives an in-depth translation of AWD technology in cars. The following are some of the best Honda AWD cars of all time that you can bank on when hitting rough terrain.

10. 2020 Honda CRV Hybrid

The world is striving for green technology in a bid to boost environmental conservation measures. Honda shows its dedication to this campaign by coming up with hybrid cars. The latest entrant in the hybrid cars category is the 2020 Honda CRV hybrid. It is an all-wheel-drive vehicle that takes on the tag of luxury and comfort and also versatility when tackling rough terrains. The interior is comfy, featuring a leather finish and a wireless phone charger. Led headlights work to make its outlook sleek.

9. 2017 Honda Ridgeline

The 2017 Honda ridgeline is a compact pickup truck with a design suit for both rough country roads and the city roads. It has both forward wheel drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. It is spacious featuring five seats, which is impressive for a truck. Its handling is also excellent and coupled with the all-wheel-drive configuration; it can smoothly tackle rough terrains.

8. 2018 Honda CRV 7-Seater SUV

For a long time, the Honda CRV has been considered a crossover sports utility vehicle. However, the 2018 entrant is an upgrade to a fully-fledged SUV. This Honda AWD comes with an option of going for the two-wheel-drive configurations, suitable for town roads. Another standout feature is its spaciousness. It is a 7-seater with a 5-seater option also existing, making it the right choice for a family car. Other features, as evident from the Australian Honda dealership site, include a sunroof, mirror cameras, and a center console, showing off its technological leaning point.

7. 2016 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is another gift from the automobile company to the crossover SUV enthusiasts. Standout features in this Honda AWD include the spacious seats that provide ample space to accommodate seven passengers. It sports a powerful V6 engine that sees this Honda model flow smoothly in almost all terrains without straining. It spots and optional front-wheel drive train that makes it suitable for rough terrains. Among the driver assistance features it boasts of include adaptive cruise control and the automatic pre-collision braking for improved safety.

8. 2019 Honda Ridgeline

Back to the ridgeline model, we have the newer version that is also an all-wheel-drive vehicle. The forward wheel drivetrain is present and has a five-passenger capacity. Under its hood is a powerful V6 engine featuring a six-speed automatic transmission. It is good at handling both on street roads and also on rough terrain, courtesy of its drivetrain. The interior is cozy and features leather finishing that topped up with its spaciousness contributes to making the interior excellent. When it comes to consumption, it is moderate, considering its engine performance. It runs 18 miles per gallon of fuel on city highways when it is on all-wheel drive.

7. 2019 Honda Passport

The 2019 Honda passport is the best option for you when looking for a Honda AWD that is good in handling. The powerful V6 engine that translates to an impressive horsepower of 280 units that has you cruising excellently on any terrain. The car is also spacious in passenger and cargo room with a five-passenger seating capacity. Looking at its consumption, it is not severely off with a 19 mile per gallon figure when cruising on the highway.

6. 2019 Honda Pilot

US News, has nothing but praise upon praise for this 2019 all-wheel-drive release. Described as all-rounded, the 2019 Honda pilot is as good on the rough road as it is good on the highway. It tops when it comes to the spaciousness, with seven-passenger seating capacity and ample cargo space. Its V6 engine brings out a 280 horsepower that allows it cruise on 18 gallons per mile on the highway.

5. 2019 Honda HRV

The 2019 Honda HRV is a magnificent all-wheel drive vehicle that is the best option when looking at fuel economy. Its consumption is an impressive 32 gallons per mile on the highway. The engine is not that powerful and has a 141 horsepower. For a first AWD car, the 2019 Honda HRV is an excellent choice with a decent legroom benefit.

4. 2020 Honda Passport

Focusing on a yet-to-be release, we have the 2020 Honda passport. The crossover SUV promises a more rugged approach that makes it suitable for the rough roads. Its V6 engine has a 280 horsepower unit that ensures proper handling.

3. 2014 Honda Ridgeline

The 2014 Honda ridgeline makes it to the list of the best Honda AWD cars due to its smooth handling. It has ample space and proper handling. It also fares well when it comes to consumption with a 21 mile per gallon rate when tackling the highway.

2. 2017 Honda Pilot

The 2017 Honda pilot is a mid-sized crossover sport utility automobile that is an excellent choice for a Honda AWD when looking at the space factor. Its interior does it justice and helps rank it as the second-best Honda model featuring the all-wheel drivetrain.

1. 2020 Honda HRV

The first place on the best AWD’s under the Honda brand goes to the 2020 Honda HRV. It takes the adjectives subcompact and spacious as its measuring stick and brings both on a full plate. It ticks on fuel economy and interior coziness featuring comfortable leather seats with a durable finish. In short, the 2020 Honda HRV has the body and gait of large SUVs and the economy of small vehicles.

Conclusion

Above are some of the best AWD cars produced by Honda that you can lay your hands. They have standout features such as proper handling and amazing offroad capabilities. Be on the lookout for new releases to get the best car for an all-wheel transmission.

10 Best All-Wheel Drive Vehicles Under $25,000 (2016)

Whether you’re a weekend warrior in search of the dirt road less traveled or an annual snow specialist based up north or at altitude, you’ve never enjoyed a better selection of affordable, comfortable and capable all-wheel drive vehicles with which to go about your business or pleasure. For serious off-roading you’ll likely want to employ the truck-based construction and dual-range 4-wheel drive found in vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler or Toyota Tacoma, but for the majority of us in search of extra traction, these are the best bets available for less than $25,000.

Mixing the sensibility of a midsize sedan, the ride height and cargo capacity of an SUV, and the go-anywhere confidence of Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system, the Outback is arguably the most well-rounded vehicle on the road. It’s also more fuel-efficient and tech-savvier than ever, making it a compelling alternative for even more buyers.

The compact SUV segment is one of the most popular, fastest-growing car categories in the country, and the Subaru Forester is among its most capable entries. It’s an efficient, convenient utility vehicle around town, but transforms into an unrelenting brute when the going gets tough.

In our Subaru Legacy Buyer’s Guide we introduce it as “the intrepid adventurer of midsize sedans.” One of just three entries in that segment to even offer all-wheel drive, on the Subaru it’s available for about $8,000 less.

With a starting sticker price of $19,090 including destination, the Subaru Impreza is the least expensive all-wheel drive vehicle in the country. Competing with small-car stalwarts like Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla is no easy task, but for many buyers the Impreza’s added traction is its trump card.

If you like the Jeep Wrangler but would gladly trade some of its world-famous off-road capability for more real-world civility, increased efficiency and greater affordability, the newest Jeep was built for you.

Are you looking for AWD cars list that will help you narrow down to a suitable vehicle according to your needs? The following article will enlist some of the best cars with good gas mileage that will help you get a better grip on the roads as well as your pockets.

Are you looking for AWD cars list that will help you narrow down to a suitable vehicle according to your needs? The following article will enlist some of the best cars with good gas mileage that will help you get a better grip on the roads as well as your pockets.

AWD Vs. 4WD

AWDs are very different from 4WDs. Unlike 4WDs, AWDs only transfer power to the rear wheels if the car is slipping.

All-wheel-drive vehicles are heavy-duty vehicles that include the large Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs), sports cars, and similar mechanical beasts. They follow a technology that helps control all the axles of the vehicle. This means the power is transferred to all the wheels, giving the car a better grip on roads. These cars are best suited for rough terrains, like wet roads, ice-slicked roads, mountainous terrains where you need maximum stability along with the power to propel. There are many beautiful AWD cars sold in the market, that are not only a visual treat, but also offer good performance, fuel efficiency and good balance on slippery roads.

AWD Cars with Good Gas Mileage

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It is a common misconception that these cars need more fuel due to the amount of engine power required to drive the car. However, there are many car manufactures coming up with AWD cars with good gas mileage keeping in mind the rising fuel cost, and the love for these AWDs in the hearts of car patrons. So, if it’s mileage on your mind, then you could go in for the following cars which give you great mileage per gallon.

Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers

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For some people, all-wheel drive is a necessity when shopping for a new car.

While a two-wheel drive car with the right tires will usually have acceptable traction, there is really no replacing AWD. It can offer superior grip in slippery conditions and can also give you added confidence when driving in inclement weather.

One downside to AWD is the added cost. Not only are AWD cars more expensive to buy, but they can also more expensive to maintain, as they have more moving parts, and they often consume more fuel. Finding a reasonably priced AWD car is important, then, but this isn’t always easy to do.

That’s where we come in. AutoGuide has compiled a list of its Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers for 2019. Our list will give you an idea of what some of the best affordable AWD vehicles on sale today are, leaving you armed with the knowledge to make a more confident buying decision.

Scroll down to see the list of the Top 10 Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers.

The Best Cheap AWD Cars and Crossovers

Jeep Compass

The Jeep Compass isn’t the cheapest Jeep product on the market, but it’s only a few thousand dollars more than the comparable Jeep Renegade and is vastly superior than its younger brother, in our opinion. The cheapest Jeep Compass with AWD is the Sport 4×4, which is priced from $23,345 and comes with a 184 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission. A nine-speed automatic can also be tacked onto your order for $1,500.

Subaru Legacy

The Subaru Legacy is an affordable mid-size sedan with standard symmetrical all-wheel drive. Priced from $22,545, it’s quite a lot of car for the money, offering up a good amount of passenger and cargo space and Subaru’s EyeSight suite of driver assist technologies as standard. It’s not a performer by any means, with a forgettable 175 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder boxer serving as the base engine and a CVT being the only transmission option, but it’s affordable, practical and reliable. Hard to ask for more much than that at this price point.

Chevrolet Trax

While it may not be a very high-quality product, the Chevrolet Trax is cheap, and that’s why you came here, right? If your only two metrics are cheap and AWD, this is probably the vehicle for you, with prices starting at $23,445 for the LT AWD model. For that price, you get a 153-hp 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and part-time AWD. We really do suggest shelling out a couple more grand for a superior product, however, as bumping the price up by just $2,000 to the $25,000 range can net you a vastly superior product such as a Mazda CX-5 or Subaru Forester.

If the Mazda CX-5 is too big or too expensive for you, you could always opt for its younger brother — the Mazda CX-3. The cheapest Mazda CX-3 with all-wheel drive is the Sport AWD, which starts at $21,790 and comes with a 148-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. It has a similarly premium look and feel as the CX-5, although the CX-5 is still superior in this regard, in our opinion.

SEE ALSO: Mazda CX-3 Review

Subaru Crosstrek

The second Subaru on our list is the Crosstrek. It’s hard to ignore the Crosstrek due to its standard symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, low price tag of $21,895, and efficient powertrain, which consists of a 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder and CVT transmission. Like the Subaru Legacy, the Crosstrek isn’t a very fast, sporty or exciting vehicle, but it’s very capable compared to other compact crossovers and also very well-priced.

The Honda HR-V is a direct rival to the Mazda CX-3 and offers similar equipment for a similar price. The cheapest HR-V will AWD is the Sport AWD, which starts at $23,620 and comes with a 141-hp 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and CVT transmission. This is slightly more money than the CX-3, mainly because you cannot get AWD with the entry-level LX model, you instead have to opt for the better-equipped Sport.

Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is a newer entry into the subcompact crossover segment, but it’s also one of the strongest. The cheapest available model with AWD is the SE with AWD, which starts at $21,390, which comes with a 147 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission. AWD is also available to add to any trim level for just $1,400.

Nissan Rogue Sport

The Nissan Rogue Sport, also sold as the Nissan Qashqai in Canada and elsewhere, is one of the cheapest compact AWD SUVs you can buy, with prices starting at $23,690 for the least expensive AWD version — the Rogue Sport S AWD. For that price, you get a 141-hp four-cylinder engine, a CVT automatic transmission, and part-time AWD. It’s not a bad deal at all, especially when you consider that this is essentially the same price as the smaller and older Chevrolet Trax.

VW Golf SportWagen 4Motion

The VW Golf Sportwagen 4Motion is one of our favorite cars on sale today. With a spacious cabin, sporty-feeling chassis, punchy turbocharged 1.8-liter engine, refined ride, mature looks, and all-wheel drive, there’s almost nothing to dislike with this clever package. Prices start at $24,395, which isn’t that cheap for a smaller vehicle, but a wagon will usually prove its worth. You can also opt for the more capable Golf AllTrack, if you want, which starts at $26,895.

Subaru Impreza

Completing our list is the cheapest AWD car on sale in North America – the Subaru Impreza.

A lot like the Golf SportWagen 4Motion, there’s not much to dislike about the Impreza. It offers a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Boxer engine, a CVT transmission, and standard symmetrical AWD for just $18,595, making it the perfect value proposition for anyone who values AWD. It’s also available in sedan and hatchback bodystyles, so whether you prefer having four doors or five, there’s an Impreza out there for you. It’s not very fast, but the chassis is great and the Impreza offers a lot of value.

Best Small All-Wheel Drive Cars

If you live in an area prone to heavy snowfall, rain, or other inclement conditions, an all-wheel drive powertrain can offer added security and confidence. What’s more, all-wheel drive can help your car handle better when the pavement is dry too. The best small all-wheel drive cars benefit tremendously from this technology. In recent years, manufacturers have devised systems capable of making all-wheel drive cars feel like rear-drive cars until added traction is called for. The systems can also be configured to transfer power to an outside rear wheel in cornering maneuvers, or to wherever traction is most needed. What’s more, these sophisticated systems are also offered in popularly priced models.

All new for the 2015 model year, Audi’s A3 is the latest model from Ingolstadt to boast the company’s Quattro all-wheel drive system among its offerings. Whether buyers opt for the 220 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline powered models with 258 ft-lbs of torque, or the 150-horsepower 2.0-liter turbodiesel-powered models with 236 ft-lbs of torque, an all-wheel drive powertrain can be had. This, along with the exceptional fit and finish Audi applies to its automobiles—as well as the company’s emphasis on fuel efficiency and driving pleasure—makes the Audi A3 one of the most compelling new products for the 2015 model year. All-wheel drive Audi A3 models start at $32,900.

Audi TT/TTS

More of a sporty grand touring car than an outright sports car, Audi’s iconic TT model offers the benefits of Quattro all-wheel drive across the board—this, whether you go Coupe, Convertible, or with the high performance TTS version of the distinctively styled automobile. A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 211 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque powers the base models. The higher performing TTS models get 265 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque from a revised version of the same engine. The TT models get a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual, while the TTS gets a six-speed manual. The unique exterior styling of the TT is mirrored by the configuration of the interior. Pricing starts at $40,350 for the TT, and $48,700 for the TTS.

BMW 2 Series

Whether you go coupe or convertible with BMWs smallest US offering, all-wheel drive is available as an option. Power for the BMW 228i xDrive models comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 240 horsepower and 255 ft-lbs of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the sole offering. Considered by many to be the contemporary reincarnation of the legendary BMW 2002 sport coupe, the BMW 2 Series cars offer outstanding handling, handsome interior treatments and of course the cachet of the blue and white roundel that is the BMW logo. For 2015, BMW 228i xDrive Coupe pricing starts at $33,900; while 228i xDrive Convertible pricing starts at $39,700.

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

For those looking to get a bit more utility out of BMW’s 3 Series, the company is offering the 2015 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. The four-door, five-passenger hatchback can be had with a choice of two engines. The base 328i model is powered by BMWs turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower and 255 ft-lbs of torque. The 335i has a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque. Both cars feature BMWs eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. If you need space to carry things from time to time, don’t want a Wagon, but do appreciate the feel of a responsive car, BMWs 3 Series Gran Turismo may well be what you’ve been seeking. 328i GT pricing starts at $41,850, while 335i GT pricing starts at $47,250.

Ford Fusion

As family sedans go, you’d be hard-pressed to find one in Fusion’s price range with more style, a higher tech quotient, and as enjoyable a driving experience. In addition to the all-wheel drive powertrain, the Ford offers an abundance of tech stuff, including smart cruise control, self parking, blind-spot monitoring, and the Ford Sync advanced driver interface system for secondary functions. To get the all-wheel drive powertrain, you’ll order your Fusion equipped with a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 270 ft-lbs of torque. You’ll also get a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Pricing starts at $28,325 for the 2015 Ford Fusion with an all-wheel drive powertrain.

Mini Cooper Paceman ALL4

If you like the Cooper Hardtop, but wish it had all-wheel drive and a more spacious interior, perhaps you should be looking at the Mini Cooper Paceman. A larger, more capacious model, Paceman maintains the classic Mini silhouette and two-door body style. For all-wheel drive, your first opportunity will be with Paceman S. This model uses a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 181 horsepower and 177 ft-lbs of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, a six-speed automatic is offered as an option. For more performance, go with the John Cooper Works Paceman at 208 horsepower and 192 ft-lbs of torque from a revised version of the 1.6. Pricing for Paceman ALL4 starts at $28,600; John Cooper Works Paceman ALL4 starts at $35,600.

Mercedes-Benz CLA

The new entry-level Mercedes offering made a big splash when it was announced for the 2014 model year with a $31,500 starting price. Closely resembling the marque’s elegant CLS four-door coupe, the Mercedes-Benz CLA has infused the $30,000 price range with significant style. It also became the smallest Mercedes-Benz Sedan offering all-wheel drive. Both the CLA250 4MATIC, and the CLA45 AMG iterations of the car can be had with power routed to all four wheels. The CLA250 4MATIC uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 208 horsepower and 258 ft-lbs of torque. The CLA45 AMG uses a handbuilt version of this engine reconfigured to produce 355 horsepower and 332 ft-lbs of torque. CLA250 4MATIC pricing starts at $34,425, while CLA45 AMG pricing starts at $48,500.

Lexus IS 250/ IS 350

The Lexus IS 250 and IS 350 compact luxury sedans have two distinctly different personalities. The IS 250, with its 206-horsepower V6 making 185 ft-lbs of torque, is for those who love the look of the IS but care more about miles per gallon than smiles per gallon. Meanwhile, the IS 350 delivers a rousing 306 horsepower and 277 ft-lbs of torque for those for whom more power is required. Regardless of your engine choice, all-wheel drive is offered and paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. These are Lexus models we’re discussing here, so you know comfort and convenience are also paramount. IS 250 with all-wheel drive starts at $39,085, while IS 350 with all-wheel drive starts at $42,030.

Subaru Impreza

The least expensive four-door sedan you can buy in America offering all-wheel drive; the Subaru Impreza is impressive for more reasons than those four. If you’re looking for a spacious cabin with a roomy back seat in a car of this size, the Subaru is also pretty much the best game in town. Further, the brand has a richly deserved reputation for both reliability and good resale value. Power comes from a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine with 148 horsepower and 145 ft-lbs of torque. The standard transmission offering is a five-speed manual, while a continuously variable transmission is offered as an option. Pricing starts at $18,195.

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Approved used: No

Gearbox: manual

Colour: Silver

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Description: Used 2017 Audi S3 2.0 TFSI Nav Saloon 4d S Tronic (17 reg) for sale — £21,499 — 57,335 miles with Leather seats, Satellite navigation, DAB radio, Technology package, Bluetooth, Climate control, Parking assist.

Approved used: No

Gearbox: automatic

Colour: Blue

Great communication, Phil made an appointment for us to see the car the next day, he greeted us and gave us plenty of time to look around with no pressure at all. It was a pleasurable experience.

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Description: Used 2009 Nissan GT-R 3.8 Black Edition (59 reg) for sale — £28,495 — 50,000 miles with Leather seats, Cruise control, Satellite navigation, Alarm/immobiliser, Alloy wheels, Bluetooth, Heated seats, Climate control

Approved used: No

Gearbox: automatic

Colour: Red

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Description: Used 2018 Audi S3 2.0 TFSI (310ps) 4X4 [no trim] (s/s) Sportback 5d S Tronic (18 reg) for sale — £22,950 — 11,000 miles with Satellite navigation, Storage package, DVD entertainment system, Alloy wheels, Heated seats, Parking assist., AUX/USB connectivity, Light package, Cruise control, Alarm/immobiliser, DAB radio, Privacy glass/tinted windows, Bluetooth, Climate control

Approved used: No

Gearbox: automatic

Colour: White

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