- 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 $22,000 to $25,000

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2009 Subaru Outback WagonThe 5 passenger Subaru Outback's newest refinements follow a year when Subaru restyled its best-selling vehicle and added significant performance, comfort and safety enhancements. For 09, Subaru offers five versions of the Outback wagon: 2.5i, 2.5i Special Edition with enhanced content; the 2.5i Limited with extensive luxury amenities; the 2.5XT Limited with a high-performance turbo/intercooled Boxer engine and the top-of-the-line Outback 3.0R Limited with a 245-horsepower 6-cylinder Boxer engine. The Base Outback comes with a manual transmission and starts at $22,295
Standard Features:
  • 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder SUBARU BOXER engine
  • 5 speed manual transmission (automatic optional)
  • 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • 3,357 lbs on a 105.1 inch wheelbase
  • Ttilt and telescopic steering column
  • Cruise control
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver seat
  • 60/40-split flat-folding rear seat back
  • 4-wheel independent heavy-duty raised suspension
  • Keyless entry system with cargo-area unlock
  • 16-inch steel wheels with 225/60 R16 tires
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC)
  • 100-watt 6-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player and MP3/WMA capability
  • Auxiliary audio jack for portable media players
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway
Mazda TibuteThere are 2 Mazda Tribute equipment levels; the i and the s series.The i series has a 153hp 2.3L 4 banger, while the s series comes with the 200hp 3.0L 6 cylinder. Both have Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trim levels. The AWD option requires the 4 speed automatic transmission in all cases. Prices on the i Sport start at $22,065
Standard Features:
  • 153-hp aluminim alloy 2.3L DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder
  • 152 lb-ft of torque at 4,250 rpm
  • Electronic 4-Wheel Drive
  • 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Dynamic Stability control, Traction Control system and roll stability controls
  • 16 x 7 inch alloy wheels w/P235/70R16 T rated all season tires
  • Front disc/rear drum brakes w/ ABS and EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
  • Air Conditioning w/ rear heater ducts
  • Cruise control
  • 60/40 Split fold down rear seats
  • AM/FM/CD audio w/4 speakers and aux. jack
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Dual power mirrors
  • Rear window wiper/washer and defogger
  • 3,441 lbs curb weight on a 103.1 inch wheelbase
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2009 Toyota RAV4The Toyota RAV4 is in its second generation, after essentially spawning the mini-ute market several years ago. For 2009, Toyota's RAV4 tag line is, "Too intelligent to be categorized". What they really mean is "We got so many variables in our build sheets, we don't know what to call them all so we settled for Base, Sport and Limited, and then built 4 configurations of each." The BASE AWD RAV4 with a 4 speed automatic gearbox is still called the 4432 model. But this year they do a better job of humanizing the variants. The BASE AWD version starts at $22,900
Standard Features:
  • 166 hp 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
  • 4-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive
  • On-Demand 4 Wheel Drive; Note that this is not a full time AWD system
  • 4-wheel disc brakes w/ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • 16-in. steel wheels and wheel covers with P215/70R16 all season tires
  • Wheelbase is 104.7 inches
  • Air conditioning with air filtration.
  • AM/FM CD player, MP3/WMA playback capability, and six speakers
  • Cruise control
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 23 mpg city/27 mpg highway
2008 Hyundai TusconThe 2009 Hyundai Tucson is not available with 4wd in the base configuration.. You need to upgrade the base model GLS with its 140hp 4 cylinder to the SE or limited and their 173hp 2.7 liter V6 engine. It has a short 103.5 inch wheelbase and it weighs 3,548 lbs. The Tucson is similar to the Kia Sportage. In fact they share the same platform and drivetrain. Technically, Tucson is a 4wd crossover because the Borg Warner drive system that Hyundai uses has a driver selectable switch to lock the center differential into powering all 4 wheels equally, rather than allowing the interactive torque management system to make that decision. Prices for the 5 passenger AWD Tucson SE start at $23,470
Standard GLS w/AWD Features:
  • 140hp 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder engine w4speed automatic transmission
  • 3,548 lbs. on a 103.5" wheelbase
  • Air conditioning
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) w/ Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 4-wheel disc brakes w/ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers
  • Remote keyless entry system w/ alarm
  • Power windows, door locks and heated mirrors
  • Tilt steering column
  • Front passenger and 60/40 rear fold-flat seats
  • 16" 5-spoke alloy wheels w/ P215/65 R16 tires
  • Flip-up tailgate glass
  • Rear window wiper and defroster
  • Roof rack side rails
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway
2008 Hyundai Santa FeThe Santa Fe follows the same trim designations of the Tucson and the Veracruz. Built at Hyundai's Alabama production facility, the base Santa Fe GLS is powered by the 2.7 liter V6, and makes 185hp. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard, but an automatic is available. Both the SE and Limited get the more powerful 242hp 3.3 liter V6 engine. Wheelbase is 106.3 inches, and it weighs a tick more than 3900 lbs. in the 5 passenger version. An optional 3rd row seat is available. Hyundai uses an AWD system for Santa Fe as opposed to Tucson's 4wd system. . The Santa Fe is a bit larger, and comes with a V6 standard, along with A/C. Prices for Santa Fe GLS with AWD start at
$24,695. But the 2008 model is all that is on Hyundai's web site. They seem to want to skip the 2009 model year... Hmmmmmm....
Standard 2008 GLS Features:
  • 185hp 2.7L DOHC V6 engine with dual exhaust outlets
  • 5-Speed manual transmission with an optional 4 speed automatic
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • 16" alloy wheels
  • Roof rack with one-touch adjustable cross rails
  • Air conditioning
  • Heated power outside mirrors, power windows and door/tailgate locks
  • Cloth seating surfaces
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Windshield wiper deicer
  • AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3-compatible audio system with 6 speakers
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2008 Mercury Milan The Mercury Milan with AWD is only available with the3 liter, 24 valve V6 Duratec mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The AWD option is available on both the base and Premier trim levels. Both are powered by the same motor as last year's Montego. Prices for the AWD Milan start at $23,825
 Standard Features:
  • 221 hp 3.0 Liter Duratec V6 w/AWD
  • 6 Speed automatic transmission; no manual option
  • 16-inch 9-spoke aluminum wheels w/ P205/60R16 (V Rated) All-Season  tires
  • Power Heated Side Mirrors
  • AM/FM In-Dash Single CD w/ MP3 and 6 Speakers
  • 6-Way Power Driver Seat w/Lumbar adj.
  • Rear Seat: 60/40 w/Armrest
  • Air Conditioning - Manual
  • Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel w/ Audio & Cruise Controls
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes with ABS
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Traction Control
  • Perimeter Antitheft System
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
2007 Outlander The Mitsubishi Outlander is now limited to 2 basic versions; the LS and XLS, although the "Compare" section of the Mitsubishi site still shows an ES variant with a 168hp 2.4 liter in-line 4 cyl. engine. Both LS and XLS have AWD options. Both LS and XLS are powered by an aluminum 3 liter V6 that makes 220 hp, and are backed up by a 6 speed automatic transmission. LS equipped Outlanders with the AWD option start at $23,870
Standard LS Features:
  • 3.0-liter, 220-horsepower, MIVEC V6
  • 6-speed Sportronic® transmission
  • Air conditioning
  • 3,675 lbs on a 105.1 inch wheelbase
  • Active Stability and Traction Control (ASTC)
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 playback capability and six speakers
  • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Cruise control
  • independently reclining 60/40 split fold-and-tumble seat backs
  • Power windows, locks and mirrors
  • Fuel Usage: Regular, yielding 17mpg city/24 mpg highway

Call your local Mitsubishi dealer to find out if the 4WD ES 4 cyl. Outlander is available.

2009 Subaru WRX 5 door The 4 or 5 door modelSubaru WRX's are still basically Imprezas, but are marketed as a different car. Power is up to 265hp for 2009. The hot rod of Subaru's line, WRX is available in Base, Premium or fire breathing 305hp (5 door) STI with Brembo brakes.Last years less agressive suspension settings are gone in favor of bigger sway bars and stiffer spring rates. WRX 4 door pricing starts at
Standard Features:
  • 265-hp 2.5-liter DOHC intercooled, turbocharged BOXER engine
  • 244 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm
  • 3,142 lbs on the Impreza 103.1 inch wheelbase
  • 5-speed manual transmission only
  • Sport-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension stiffened back up a bit for 2009
  • 17-inch gray painted alloy wheels with wider 225/45R17 summer performance tires
  • 4-wheel disc, ventilated front and rear -4 channel, 4-sensor ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Exterior Aero Package now standard
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat
  • Rear-center armrest with trunk pass-through
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with cruise control buttons
  • Manually adjustable tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Power windows and mirrors
  • AM/FM stereo system with single-disc CD player and four speakers
  • Automatic climate control system with CFC-free air conditioning, air filtration system
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 18mpg city/25 mpg highway

The Equinox and Torrent share a longer 112.5 inch wheelbase than the Vue's 106.6. The only AWD Vue is equipped with the 250hp 3.5 liter V6. Its longer stablemates, the AWD Pontiac Torrent and Chevrolet Equinox both use the 185hp 3.4 liter V6.
The Chevy Equinox LS AWD starts at $24,595
The Saturn Vue V6 w/AWD starts at $24,335
The AWD Pontiac Torrent starts at $25,070

Equinox Standard Features:
  • 185hp 3.4 liter V6
  • 5 speed automatic transmission
  • 3,796 lbs curb weight
  • Rooftop spoiler
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • 4 wheel anti-lock disc brakes, with ESC and Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure monitoring system
  • 16" Aluminum wheels w/P235/65R-16 All-season, blackwall tires
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • 6 speaker AM/FM/CD Audio w/input jack
  • 60/40 Folding rear seat
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway
2009 Ford Taurus The 09 Ford Taurus SE has been added to the SEL and Limited models of 2008, but AWD is not an option at that level; you have to go to the SEL just as last year. The close ratio 6 speed automatic, paired with a 263 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 remains unchanged. No drivetrain options are available with AWD. Ford's Volvo ownership is rubbing off; the Taurus is getting increasingly safety oriented, and is billed as "America's safest full size car". Adjusted for shipping charges, prices for the 2009 AWD Taurus SEL start at a slightly lower $24,342
Standard Features:
  • 263 hp, 3.5L 24-valve Duratec V6
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Upright Command Seating™ for 5
  • 4 Wheel Disc Brakes w/ ABS
  • AdvanceTrac® Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control
  • 6-way power drivers seat plus power recline with manual lumbar adjustment
  • Front passenger seat with 2-way power (fore/aft) and fold-flat seat back
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seat back
  • Dual zone electronic Air Conditioning
  • Rear seat heating/cooling vents
  • 17" 8-spoke bright-finish machined aluminum wheels w/P215/60Rx17 BSW tires
  • AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in -dash CD changer with clock and MP3 Capability
  • Rear defroster
  • Manual Tilt steering wheel with speed and audio controls
  • Halogen headlamps; automatic with on/off delay, includes wiper-activated headlamps
  • Fog Lights
  • Security lamps built into the power outside mirrors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
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