AWDReport.com - A Buyer's Guide to All Wheel Drive Cars, Wagons and Crossovers

Under $20,000 | $19 - $21,000 | $20 - $23,000 | $22 - $25,000 | $24 - $27,000 | $26 - $29,000 |
      $28 - $30,000 | $29 - $31,000 | $30 - $33,000 | $31 - $34,000 | $32 - $35,000 | $34 - $38,000 |
           $36 - $40,000 | $39 - $42,000 | $41 - $44,000 | $42 - $45,000 | $44 - $47,000 | $45 - $48,000 |
               $46 - $51,000 | $49 - $53,000 | $51 - $57,000 | $55 - $60,000 | $60 - $69,000 |
                        $66 - $73,000 | $69 - $79,000 | $78 - $92,000 | $88 - $125,000 | More than $120,000 |

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2009 Chevy Equinox

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Another crummy FLASH site. Can't get any images, and can't deep link into the site to get you the relevant content you need. I had to go to edmunds.com to get wheelbase and curb weight specs. Utterly unforgivable that a car company can't make essential product data readily available on their own web site.

So anyway, Chevy only brings 2 vehicles to our AWD party; and both are crossovers; Traverse; new for 2009, and Equinox, which will be updated mid-2009 as an early 2010. Although Chevy has several other vehicles that may be of similar size to the larger crossovers, they are built on full chassis and are consequently more rugged. But I've always drawn the line at covering vehicles with full frames, so I can't get into them. But if you think you might like a hardier vehicle go ahead and poke around the Chevy showroom.

Chevrolet AWD Choices

2009 Chevy Equinox The 2009 Chevrolet Equinox rolls into 2009 with minimal revisions. The compact, 5 passenger SUV is powered by a 185 hp 3.4L V6 with a 5-speed automatic, electronically controlled transmission. It is available in 4 trim levels; LS, LT, LTZ and Sport. All are capable of AWD options, with the Sport model upping the ante with a 264 hp 3.6 liter V6 and an electronically controlled 6 speed automatic. Equinox will get a mid year makeover, and the 2010 version is likely to be available in April. Chevy is betting the farm that most buyers will opt for the special gas sipper 4 cylinder version. The base LS with AWD is priced at $26,310
2009 Chevy Traverse Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Last year's Lambda's were successful enough to prompt GM to bring out a Chevrolet badged version, as if the Enclave, Acadia and Outlook were not enough. In fairness, Ford has milked the Mazda 6 platform like nobody's business, but they did so by creating different vehicles using a shared starting point. GM seems to be just alternating emblems on the production line. Can a Pontiac version be far off? The baseline Traverse with AWD starts at $31,255
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