- 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 |

  All Wheel Drive Report

AWD Vehicles from $19,000 to $21,000

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2008 Subaru Outback SportThe Subaru Outback Sport is probably a goner after this year. This year's model is still based on the Impreza, but it's tough to find on the Subaru site. There is no mention of it in press releases. It's almost as if the sales staff has thrown in the towel on this one. Too bad. Its a nice little AWD runabout. It has a "BMW-ishness" Outback Sport prices start at $19,995
Standard Features
  • 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • This featherweight comes in at 3,108 lbs. on a 103.1 inch wheelbase
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver seat
  • Power windows and mirrors
  • Electronically controlled cruise control
  • 80-watt 10-speaker audio system with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, MP3/WMA capability
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seatback
  • Front-wheel ventilated disc, rear-wheel drum w/ABS
  • Sport-design instrumentation with silver gauge trim rings
  • 17 x 7.0-inch 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels w/205/50 R17 M+S all-season tires
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway
2008 Kia SportageThe 2009 Sportage builds off of the award-winning 2008 Sportage, named’s “Best Bang for the Buck.” The Sportage LX with AWD is equipped with the base 140hp 2.0 liter 4 banger and only comes with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The EX trim level requires the optional V6 engine, while the LX can be had with either the base four banger or the 2.7 liter V6. The 173 hp V6 offers only an automatic transmission, and adds a premium audio system and power sunroof. It also has power windows, door locks and air conditioning. Unlike some of the more dainty SUV Crossovers, Sportage is built with occasional off-roading in mind. The prices for the 2.0 Sportage LX with AWD start at
Standard LX Features
  • 140 hp 2.0L 4-cylinder, iron block & aluminum head
  • 5-speed manual transmission w/overdrive
  • (4 speed automatic is standard on the V6 with no manual option)
  • Electronic-control on-demand 4WD
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/ defeat switch
  • 4 wheel disc brakes w/ABS and stability controls
  • Front-end skid plate
  • Air conditioning and Cruise control
  • 3,411 lbs on a 103.5 inch wheelbase
  • Power windows and dual power mirrors (black)
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Tilt steering column
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sat audio system w/ six speakers
  • 16-inch alloy wheels with P215/65R16 tires
  • 8-way manual adjustment driver’s seat
  • 60/40 split-flat-folding rear seats w/ “drop & fold” feature
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2008 Grand Vitara Xsport The Suzuki Grand Vitara 5 door SUV is in the 3rd year of its second generation design. This is a REAL crossover because it has elements of BOTH a unibody AND a full frame chassis. That design allows the vehicle to tolerate more off road abuse than most of its pure unibody competition. 4wd versions are available in Premium, X Sport and Luxury trim levels. The least expensive AWD Grand Vitara is the Premium version, and it mates a manual transmission with a 166hp, 2.4 liter 4 cylinder engine. This combination gets the "single mode" 4wd system, while V6 versions get the more sophisticated Full Time 4 mode system. The base (Premium) Grand Vitara with the 4wd option and manual gearbox starts at $20,349, but only in RED! All other colors are priced higher! SCAM!!!
 Standard Grand Vitara 4wd Features:
  • 166 hp 2.4-liter, 16-valve DOHC In-Line four
  • Manual transmission with optional automatic
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • 3,611 lbs on a 103.9" wheelbase
  • Automatic climate-control air conditioning
  • Tilt wheel with audio controls
  • Reclining, 60 / 40 split fold-and-tumble rear seats
  • Front and rear side impact door beams
  • Power windows, door locks and mirrors, with illuminated window switch
  • Driver information center with gear position, outside temp, instantaneous / average MPG / driving range and engine warning indicator(s)
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway
2009 Subaru Forester 2.5 X The new for 2009 Subaru Forester gets a stretched wheelbase, out to 103 inches. Powered by the same 2.5 liter motor ,the base 2.5 X can be upgraded to Sports X , Sports XT (turbo), L.L. Bean Edition, or XT (turbo) Limited trim levels. XT Limiteds throw in a leather trimmed interior with high end audio. LL Bean Editions add a sunroof, automatic transmission, and heated front seats to the std motor. Prices for the Forester 2.5 X start at a lower $19,995, and it looks like all it lost was the foglights!
Standard Features:
  • 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine
  • 5 speed manual gearbox
  • 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Electronic Brake Force Distribution w/ABS
  • 16 x 6.5" 5-spoke styled steel wheels with 215/65 R16 96H all-season tires
  • Manually adjustable CFC-free air conditioning system
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver seat with manually adjustable lumbar support.
  • 4-way manually adjustable front-passenger seat.
  • 4-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player, MP3/WMA capability
  • Electronically controlled cruise control
  • Single-speed rear window wiper with fixed intermittent mode and de-icer
  • 3,250 lbs on a 103 inch wheelbase
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway
2009Toyota Matrix SThe 2009 AWD equipped Toyota Matrix S will include standard power door locks and windows, intermittent rear window wiper, AM/FM/CD with MP3 capability and six speakers. It comes with a 4 speed automatic instead of the 5 speed connected to the same 2.4 liter engine of the base Matrix. Rumors that its GM clone; Pontiac's Vibe, will also get the AWD option, and be substantially cheaper have caused Toyota to drop some std. equipment to bring it in at $20,400
Standard Features:
  • 158hp 16-valve DOHC 2.4-liter 4 cylinder engine
  • 4 Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 4 Wheel disc brakes w/ABS
  • Air Conditioning w/filter
  • 4-way adjustable front seats with fold-flat passenger seat
  • Vertical height adjuter for the driver's seat
  • 102.4" wheelbase; 3,360 lbs
  • Fold flat rear seats
  • Power steering, door locks, mirrors and windows
  • Rear wiper
  • Manual tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • 16" steel wheels with P205/55/R16 All Season tires
  • AM/FM CD w/MP3/WMA, satellite radio capable, auxiliary phone jack, and 6 speakers
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway
2009 Pontiac Vibe The 2009 Pontiac Vibe with AWD has a 158hp 2.4 liter inline 4 cylinder motor with a 4 speed transmission. The hoped for manual transmission option is not there for the AWD version. This car is a sister to the Toyota Matrix, and shares that car's Corolla based platform and driveline. This as close as anyone is going to get to an AWD GM car. Although its still called a compact SUV, to me, its a compact wagon. Because it is a joint project with Toyota, it is not shared across the rest of the GM lineup. The baseline AWD Vibe starts at $20,475.
 Standard Features:
  • 158hp 2.4liter DOHC aluminum 4 cylinder engine
  • 4 speed automatic transmission
  • 102.4 inch wheelbas, and a curb weight of 3,284 lbs
  • four-wheel disc brakes w/ ABS
  • 16 x 6.5-inch steel wheels with P205/55R16 touring tires
  • Standard electronic vehicle stability control
  • Fold-flat front seat
  • Electric power steering system
  • Roof rack
  • Steering column with telescoping/rake adjustability
  • 115-volt, three-prong auxiliary power outlet
  • 4 speaker AM/FM radio with CD
  • 60/40-split rear seat that folds flat
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway
2011 Nissan Juke
The latest from Nissan is the 2011 Juke. This may be the MGB-GT for this century; a small, light, nimble fun to car with enough power to convince you it is faster than it is. Powered by a turbocharged 1.6 liter 4 cylinder that makes 188 hp, this is not a car that can be ignored by its owner. Turbos demand attention to maintenance cycles and good lubrication. Forego oil changes at your own risk. It comes in 3 flavors; "S", "SV", and "SL". all require the CVT transmission with the AWD option. But perhaps the best aspect of Juke is the price. The entry level "S" version can be had with AWD for a mere $20,480.
Standard Features:
  • 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™) DOHC 16-valve turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • 188 Horsepower; 177 lb/ft torque
  • 3,146 lbs on a 99.6 inch wheelbase
  • CVT transmission with Sport Mode
  • 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • Electronic drive-by-wire throttle
  • 1.7" Front vented disc/11.5" rear disc brakes
  • Multi-link independent suspension (AWD only)
  • Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
  • 17" x 7" 5-split spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with P215/55R17 all-season tires
  • Dual power outside mirrors
  • Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
  • Air conditioning with micro filter
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise control with column tilt
  • Power windows with driver's window one-touch auto-up/down
  • 60/40-split fold-flat rear seatbacks
  • 6 speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with steering wheel mounted controls
  • Fuel Usage: Premium fuel required, yielding 25 mpg city/30 mpg highway
2009 Subaru Legacy sedanThe Subaru Legacy is now only available as a sedan.. There are 5 models within the line. The base model 2.5i SE and the 2.5i Limited both use the 170hp motor. The 2.5GT Limited and the 2.5GT specB use the 243hp 2.5-liter DOHC intercooled turbocharged 2.5. The flagship 3.0R Limited gets the 245hp 6 cylinder. Prices for the base Legacy 2.5i SE start at $20,795.
Standard Features:
  • 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER engine
  • 5 speed manual gearbox.
  • 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • 3,305 lbs on a 105.1 inch wheelbase
  • 4-wheel disc, ventilated front. 4-channel, 4-sensor ABS w/Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Manually adjustable CFC-free air conditioning system
  • Digital trip computer displaying journey information, digital clock, ambient temperature, and road surface freeze warning
  • 8-way power driver’s seat with manually adjustable lumbar support
  • 100-watt 6-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player and MP3/WMA capability
  • Power windows and mirrors
  • Electronic Cruise control
  • Projector beam lights incl. fog lamps
  • Power tilt/sliding-glass moonroof
  • 17 x 7.0-inch 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels w/205/50 R17 88V M+S all-season tires
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway
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