- 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 $24,000 to $27,000

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2008 Subaru WRX 5 door The Subaru WRX is more refined for 2008, and just a little less bad boy. There are 3 versions; the 224hp 4 or 5 door models, and the firebreathing 305hp (5 door) STI with Brembo brakes (shown above). The STI will set you back $34,995, while WRX 4 door pricing starts at just $24,350.
Standard Features:
  • 224-hp 2.5-liter DOHC intercooled, turbocharged BOXER engine
  • 226 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm
  • 3,142 lbs on the Impreza 103.1 inch wheelbase
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Sport-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension
  • 17 x 7.0-inch 10-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels w/ 205/50 R17 M+S all-season tires
  • 4-wheel disc, ventilated front and rear -4 channel, 4-sensor ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • 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
  • 80-watt 4-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player, MP3/WMA capability
  • Automatic climate control system with CFC-free air conditioning, air filtration system
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 19mpg 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
2008 Mercury Sable (formerly named the Montego) The Mercury Sable also ditched the CVT (constantly variable transmission) in favor of a 6 speed automatic transmission for 2008. Having added the AWD option to the base model, prices for the AWD Sable start several thousand dollars lower than last year's Premium only variant, at $25,390
Standard Features:
  • 263 hp 3.5Liter 24valve V6 engine
  • 6 Speed automatic transmission; no manual option
  • 3,820 lbs. on a 112.9" wheelbase
  • 17" Bright Aluminum Wheels w/ P215/60R17 BSW Tires
  • 6-Way power driver's seat
  • 4-Whl Disc Brakes with ABS
  • Fog Lamps
  • Power Mirrors
  • AM/FM stereo with single CD player and MP3 capabilities
  • Traction Control
  • 60/40 Split Fold-down Rear Seatbacks; unusual in a car of this size, but welcome
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2007 Mazda CX-7 All Mazda CX-7 versions are powered by a 244-hp 2.3L DISI turbo engine . Like the Mazdaspeed6, the Touring and Grand Touring versions add interior and some incidental exterior upgrades to the base Sport model. However, the CX-7 is only available with a 6 speed automatic transmission. Prices for the CX-7 Sport AWD remain at $25,450
 Standard Features:
  • 244-hp 2.3L DISI turbo engine
  • 6-spd automatic transmission with Sport Shift
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS
  • Stability and traction control systems
  • 18" alloy wheels w/P235/60 R18 tires
  • Power windows and door locks
  • Tilt steering column
  • Manual air conditioning system
  • Keyless entry
  • Side air bags and side air curtains
  • Split 60/40 fold down rear seatbacks
  • 6 way manually adjustable driver's seat
  • 4 speaker AM/FM/CD audio w/automatic level control
  • Cruise control
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
2009 Dodge Journey
The 2011 Dodge Journey AWD option is available on 3 versions of Journey, Mainstreet, Crew and Lux. All are powered by a new 280 hp 3.6 liter V6 engine mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. To take advantage of the extra 45 horsepower, it has improved suspension geometry, improved premium tires and a redesigned steering system for more precise response. The dash also gets an upgrade. The new and improved AWD Journey Mainstreet also keeps the lid on inflation with a lowered MSRP of $25,945!
 Standard Features:
  • 280-hp 3.6 liter V6 powerplant (certified for E85 fuel)
  • 6-spd automatic transmission with Autostick (No manual option)
  • 113.8" wheelbase supporting 4,229 lbs.
  • 5 or 7 passenger configurations
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS
  • Stability and traction control systems
  • 17" Cast Aluminum Wheels w/ P225/65R17 BSW All Season Touring Tires
  • 6 speaker AM/FM Stereo Radio w/In-Dash CD/MP3 Player
  • Dual zone Air Conditioning
  • Rear Window Wiper/Washer and defroster
  • Traction Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2009 Saturn Vue Saturn's 2009 Vue; a 5 passenger compact SUV, comes in 3 AWD variants. The base is the XE, and is powered by a 222hp 3.5L cast iron V6 with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It's XR and Red Line versions get a a bigger 257 hp 3.6 liter aluminum DOHC V6. Credit GM with making Vue a different vehicle out of Saturn's Theta based SUV than its Chevy Equinox and Pontiac Torrent brothers. it has a 6 inche shorter wheelbase than those, and so if your needs run towards nimbleness in an urban environment, this may be the better choice. With its shorter wheelbase, Vue tips the scales at 4,084 lbs with the 3.5 V6 and AWD, and that's almost 900lbs less than it big brother; the Outlook. The baseline Vue XE with AWD starts at $25,955
 Standard Features: 2009 Vue
  • 222hp 3.5 Liter cast iron V6 engine
  • 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
  • 4,046 lbs on a 106.6 inch wheelbase
  • Air conditioning - single zone manual
  • 16" x 6.5" alloy wheels with P235/65R16 all-season, blackwall tires
  • 6 speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio
  • Cruise control
  • Power windows,locks and mirrors
  • Front passenger reclining, flat-folding seatback
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • 4 wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Traction control
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 15mpg city/ 22mpg highway
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
 Standard Features: 2009 Equinox
  • 185hp 3.4 Liter V6 engine
  • 5-speed automatic, electronically controlled transmission
  • 3,699 lbs on a 112.5 inch wheelbase
  • AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player, auxiliary input jack for Ipod/MP3 player.
  • 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Door locks, power programmable, includes remote keyless entry
  • 16" cast aluminum wheels
  • Black, manual folding, power mirrors
  • Rear axle, 2.48 final drive ratio (wow, that's a really tall gear!)
  • Front passenger reclining, flat-folding seatback
  • Rear Multi-Flex 60/40 split-seatback bench seat with 2-position recline
  • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
  • Steering column, tilt
  • Traction control
  • Power windows with driver Express-Down and passenger lockout
  • Rear intermittent wiper with washer
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 17mpg city/ 24mpg highway
2009 Chevy Equinox Pontiac's 2009 Torrent; a 5 passenger compact SUV, comes in 2 AWD variants. The base and the GXP. Torrent sports the traditional Pontiac grille configuration which sets it apart a bit from the Vue and the Equinox. Like its Equinox brother, Torrent's base power comes from the 185 hp 3.4 liter V6 connected to the 5 speed tranny. . The GXP gets the 264hp 3.6 engine and the 6 speed. Again, I find no mention of climate control or air conditioning on the Torrent pages or movies Not even on the Torrent specifications .pdf. I can't even find a way to add it to my Torrent on the "build" section. I guess its not important up near Canada... AHA! I found that A/C is standard only by accessing the GM media website, which I did because I couldn't find a decent list of standard features... The baselineTorrent with AWD starts about $900 higher than the Saturn Vue at $26,815
 Standard Features: 2009 Torrent
  • 185hp 3.4 Liter cast iron V6 engine
  • 5-speed automatic, electronically controlled transmission
  • 112.5 inch wheelbase supporting 3,776 lbs.
  • 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • 16-inch x 6.5-inch aluminum wheels with P235/65R16 all-season blackwall tires
  • Traction control
  • 5 -passenger seating
  • power door locks with remote keyless entry
  • power windows
  • air conditioning
  • tilt steering
  • rear liftgate with defogger and washer/wiper
  • flat-folding front passenger seat for longer cargo items
  • sliding rear seat with 60/40 split seatback and two-position recline
  • six-speaker AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player and auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 players
  • The automatic all-wheel-drive system engages automatically when wheel slip is detected.
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 17mpg city/ 24mpg highway
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