- 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 $28,000 to $30,000

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2007 Dodge ChargerThe Hyundai Veracruz begins and ends with a 3.85-liter V-6 engine developing 260 horsepower and is backed up by a fuel efficient 6-speed automatic. Electronically controlled AWD is optional on all 3 trim levels; GLS, SE and Limited. Like the 4wd system in Tucson, there is also a driver selectable switch to lock what is referred to as a multi-plate clutch for defeating the electronics and staying in 50/50 AWD mode. (To me, that just sounds like Hyundai reverse-engineered the BW system, but I have no way of knowing...) It's 4,431 lbs. sits on a110.4 inch wheelbase. Veracruz is the only Hyundai with a 3rd row seat, and it is standard equipment, allowing up to 7 passengers. Prices for the base Veracruz GLS with AWD start at $28,745
Standard Features:
  • 260hp 3.8L DOHC V6 engine with dual exhaust
  • 6-Speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • 7-passenger seating with standard 3rd row seating
  • 17” 5-split-spoke alloy wheels w/ with P245/65R-17 Tires
  • AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system w/ six speakers
  • Air conditioning with separate rear HVAC controls
  • Power heated external bodycolor mirrors with approach lights and side repeater lights
  • Power windows and door/tailgate locks
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Cruise w/ steering wheel mounted controls
  • Keyless entry system w/ alarm
  • Rear spoiler
  • Front solar glass & rear privacy glass
  • Rear window wiper & washer
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
2009 Honda PilotThe Honda Pilot is Honda's not so "mini" SUV. Since 2wd is standard on Pilot, you do have to specify the 4wd option. Powered by the same engine as Acura's MDX, the 244-hp, 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC VTEC V-6 engine, performance is very nice, thank you. The Value Edition comes with automatic transmission standard. Overall it measures a couple of inches larger than a RAV4 in every dimension. In addition to the entry level LX, there are EX, EX-L and Touring variations for 2009. Sorry, no manual transmission options at all. The best dressed Pilot; the 4WD Touring version, steps out at $38,395, while the 4WD LX starts at only a couple hundred more than 2008's price at $29,195
Standard Features:
  • 250-hp, 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC® V-6 engine
  • 4,506 lbs on a 109.2 inch wheelbase
  • 5-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control System
  • Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel drive system (VTM-4®)
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, and Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • 60/40 split flat-folding second- and third-row bench seats
  • AM/FM/CD audio system with 4 speakers
  • Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • 3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
  • 17" Steel wheels with P245/65/R17 105T tires
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control
  • Projector beam halogen headlights
  • Front and rear air conditioning with air-filtration system
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®)-on indicator
  • Fuel Usage: 89 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
2011 Highlander There are 5 Toyota Highlander trim levels. Full-time 4-wheel drive is also an option; it is not standard equipment on any Highlander. Hybrid drive versions are also available with hybrid 4wd, but it is NOT an off-road oriented version. The base AWD equipped Highlander, which rides on the Camry/Avalon chassis, comes equipped with the 270 hp 3.5L V6 motor. Prices for the entry level AWD Highlander start at $29,995
 Standard Features:
  • 270 hp 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine
  • 5-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i), sequential shift mode and Snow Mode - No manual option
  • 4,266 lbs on a 109.8" wheelbase
  • Projector beam headlights
  • Cruise control
  • 6 speaker AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability
  • Front defroster-linked CFC-free air conditioning with air filter
  • Rear window with electric defogger and intermittent wiper
  • Privacy glass on rear side, quarter and liftgate windows
  • Power windows and door locks.
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • 17-in. 7-spoke alloy wheels with P245/65R17 tires
  • 40/20/40 second-row seat w/armrest on outboard seats, fold-flat, recline, fore/aft slide adjustment, one-touch right-hand walk-in function, plus Center Stow™ seat and Center Stow™ console
  • Fuel Usage: 89 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway
2008 Mitsubishi EndeavorThe Mitsubishi Endeavor SUV has AWD options on both the LS and SE versions. Both are equipped with 4 speed automatic transmissions behind a 225hp 3.8liter V6 powerplant. In terms of interior seating space, the Outlander is as big as the Endeavor, but gives up about 10% in cargo volume. The AWD Endeavor SE is priced from $29,099.

Standard Features:   

  • 225-horsepower, 3.8-liter V6 engine
  • 4-speed Sportronic® transmission w/adaptive shift control and clutchless manual shift mode
  • 3,902 lbs. on a 108.3 inch wheelbase
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows/locks/mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • 140-watt Mitsubishi CD audio system with six speakers
  • 6-way adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support
  • Tubular roof rails
  • 17-inch alloy wheels with P235/65R17 M+S rated radial tires
  • Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Mitsubishi Active Stability Control system
  • Tire-pressure monitoring system
  • Fuel Usage: Premium gas; 15mpg city/ 19mpg hwy
2009 Nissan Murano The new 2009 Nissan Murano S comes standard with the 265-hp, 3.5L 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine.The SL and SE versions focus on convenience and interior upgrades for its 5 passengers, rather than core mechanical system changes. The chassis has been stiffened for crisper response. The interior is now being referred to as the "suite". Jeeez, how pretentious can you get? Prices on the Murano S with AWD start at $29,280.
Standard Features (2009 specs):
  • 265hp 3.5 liter 24 valve V6
  • Xtronic CVT (Constantly Variable) transmission w/Adaptive Shift Control
  • 111.2 inch wheelbase
  • 4 Wheel Independent Suspension
  • 4 Wheel ABS w/Electronic Brake Force distribution
  • 18x7.5-inch 6-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with P235/65R18 tires
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with a Traction Control System
  • 5 Passenger seating w/ 60/40 split fold-down rear seatbacks
  • 6-way manual driver's seat
  • Cruise Control
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC) with in-cabin microfilter
  • AM/FM/CD6 with six speakers (up from four), AUX-in jack and MP3/WMA capability
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway
 2009 Subaru TribecaThe Subaru Tribeca crossover is a 5 passenger UTE that can be pushed to 7 passengers with the addition of the optional 3rd row seating. Tribeca is available in base model or the Limited trim level, which upgrades interior appointments. 2009 offers a new Special Edition (SE) model that delivers luxury amenities at a special value price. All the Tribecas use the 256hp flat 6 engine with a 5 speed automatic. Tribeca SE adds leather seating, heated front seats, memory driver’s seat, 6-CD audio system and rear air conditioning to the base model. Five passenger Tribeca prices start at $29,995
Standard 5 passenger Features:
  • 256-hp 3.6 liter 6 cylinder DOHC BOXER engine
  • 247 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm (About 20% more than last year)
  • Sportshift automatic transmission (no manual option)
  • 4,129 lbs riding on a 108.2 inch wheelbase
  • Projector beam low beams and fog lights
  • 8-way power driver seat and 4-way power front-passenger seat
  • XM® Satellite Radio capability
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Cruise control
  • Rear window spoiler
  • 18 x 8.0-inch 5-dual-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Power windows
  • 100-watt 6-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player and MP3 compatibility
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
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