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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2006 Misubishi Lancer Evolution Two Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution models will be offered in the U.S. for 2008: the GSR with a new 5-speed manual transmission and the Lancer Evolution MR with a new 6- speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TCSST), an automated manual transmission with magnesium steering wheel shifter paddles and a console shifter. The MR is also equipped exclusively with Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs, 2-piece brake rotors, BBS wheels, HID headlamps and Bluetooth wireless capability. GSR base price is still not available as of 1/18/2008.
Standard Features:   
  • 291hp Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 2.0 liter in-line 4 cylinder engine
  • 5 speed manual transmission
  • 3,517 lbs, on a 104.3 inch wheelbase
  • 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system w/MP3 playback capability and six speakers
  • Automatic climate control system
  • Cruise control
  • Fog lights
  • Folding side view mirrors
  • Power door locks, and windows with driver’s one-touch up/down
  • Rear seat heater floor ducts
  • Rear spoiler
  • Recaro bucket seats (front)
  • Tilt-adjustable steering column
  • Fuel Usage: None available
No external changes for 2009; Toyota still uses 2008 images for all their 2009 Highlander photos. There are 5 Toyota Highlander trim levels; Base, Sport, Limited, Hybrid and Hybrid Limited. 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. Prices for the entry level AWD Highlander start at $29,050
 Standard Features:
  • 270 hp 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine
  • 5 speed automatic transmission - no manual option
  • 4,178 lbs on a 109.8" wheelbase
  • 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
  • Power windows and door locks.
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • 17-in. 6-spoke aluminum alloy wheels w/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/23 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
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
 Subaru TribecaThe Subaru Tribeca crossover got a major facelift for 2008. Gone is the B9 moniker, as well as the hideous grille. Tribeca is available in base model or the Limited trim level, which upgrades interior appointments. Both can be had in either 5 or 7 passenger configurations. All the Tribecas use the 256hp flat 6 engine witha 5 speed automatic. 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
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
2009 Ford Taurus XThe Ford Taurus X used to be known as the Freestyle. It's built on the sedan's platform. It is powered by the same 4 valve, 260hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine as the Edge and Taurus, and features one touch flip-and-fold 2nd row seats and a power liftgate. It will seat 6 with second row captains chairs, or 7 with a split bench, compared to the Edge's 5. The SEL is the entry version, w/Eddie Bauer and Limited upscale versions. More like a wagon than an SUV, Taurus X is soccer Mom turf. AWD SEL versions are priced from: $30,120
Standard Features:
  • 260hp 3.5 Liter DOHC 24 valve aluminum V6
  • 6 Speed automatic transmission
  • 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS
  • 112.9 inch wheelbase for 4,203 lbs
  • Driver's side manual lumbar and 6-way power seat
  • Leather steering wheel with cruise controls and auxiliary audio controls.
  • 2nd-row 40/40 split reclining cloth trimmed bucket seats
  • 3rd row seat features fold-into-floor design
  • Single zone manual air conditioning w/rear seat heat ducts
  • AM/FM stereo with single CD player with clock and MP3 capability
  • Power windows and locks
  • Halogen headlights with fog lights
  • Message center and trip computer with compass
  • Privacy Glass on quarter windows and liftgate
  • Traction Control
  • 17" 5-spoke bright aluminum wheels w/ P215/65R17 BSW Tires
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway
2007 VOLVO V50 T5The Volvo V50 T5 AWD sports wagon model has the 218hp 5cyl turbo motor mated to a 6 speed manual transmission, and sits on the same 104 inch wheelbase as the S40.With the seats folded down, the load compartment floor is entirely flat. This and the S40 have a bizarre dash panel that drops from the dash to the console, but has no sides... V50 T5 AWD prices start at $31,565
Standard Features:
  • 218hp 2.5-Liter, 5-Cylinder, Double Overhead Cam, Turbocharged and Intercooled
  • 6 Speed cable operated Manual Transmission
  • 3,570 lbs. on a 103.9" wheelbase
  • Dynamic Stability and Traction Control
  • Front and Rear Fog Lights
  • Electronically controlled all wheel drive system (AWD)
  • 16" x 6.5" Alloy Wheels with 205/55/R16 Tires
  • Power-Adjustable Heated Exterior Rearview Mirrors
  • Audio System with AM/FM/CD Stereo, Anti-Theft LED, Dolby, 4x20 Watt Amplifier, Six Speakers
  • Power-Adjustable Driver Seat, 8-Way with Lumbar Support
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway
2008 Volvo S40 T5 AWDVolvo's S40 T5 AWD motor gained a few ponies and now yields 227hp. This sedan has the shortest wheelbase of the models here, at 103.9 inches. Oddly, the S40 has the most front headroom of all the sedans, though its edge is only about an inch. Prices for the S40T5 AWD start at $30,365

Standard Features:

  • 227 hp Turbocharged 5-Cylinder, 2.5-Liter Engine
  • 5-Speed Geartronic Automatic Transmission w/Auto-Stick Function; no manual option anymore
  • Electronically Controlled All-Wheel Drive
  • Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel with Illuminated Cruise and Audio Controls
  • Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC)
  • Rear Fog Light with Auto-Off
  • Electronic Key Integrated Remote Control with Central Power Door Locks
  • Power-Adjustable Driver Seat
  • 8 Speaker AM/FM/CD Stereo, In-Dash, Anti-Theft LED, Dolby
  • Audio Controls in Steering Wheel
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • Power-Adjustable Heated Exterior Rearview Mirrors
  • 16" x 6.5" Clava Alloy Wheels with 205/55/R16 Tires
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway
Mazda CX-9All Mazda CX-9 versions are powered by a new 273-hp 3.7 liter DOHC motor. The 7 passenger CX-9 is only available with a 6 speed automatic transmission. Prices for the CX-9 Sport AWD start at $30,700
Winner of Motor Trend magazine's 2008 Sport Utility of the Year.
Standard Features:
  • 273hp 3.7L V6 DOHC 24V engine
  • 6-speed Sport AT automatic transmission with Sport Shift
  • 113.2" wheelbase
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • 18" aluminium alloy wheels with P245/60 R18 tires
  • Auxilliary audio input jack
  • Power windows and mirrors
  • Rear window wiper
  • 3 zone automatic climate control
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
  • AM/FM radio with CD and 6 speaker sound system
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding an estimated 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
2009 Audi A3 3.2 S Line
The entry level Audi is the A3. You no longer have to upgrade the base model to what's called the A3 3.2 S Line in order to get the Quattro AWD. The Audi A3 2.0T is powered by a 200hp 2.0 liter turbocharged Inline 4 engine. It comes with a 6-speed transmission and quattro® permanent all-wheel drive. Nicely trimmed of much of the gadgetry, the 2009 A3 with Quattro AWD can now be had for a much lower $30,500
Standard Features:
  • DOHC Inline 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine w/direct injection
  • Turbo-charger with intercooler, 4 valves/cylinder, for 200 HP
  • 6 speed S- tronic transmission (automatic)
  • 17" 5 spoke alloy wheels w/ 225/45 R17 tires
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • 3,461 lbs. on a nimble 101.5 inch wheelbase
  • Audi symphony AM/FM stereo with single in-dash CD player
  • Dual zone air conditioning with climate control
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Electronic stabilization program (ESP)
  • Front fog lights
  • Load-through rear seat including center armrest with beverage holder
  • Power adjustable outside mirrors
  • Manual adjustments for front seats
  • Sport Suspension
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Fuel Usage: Premium grade, 23mpg city/31 mpg highway
2008 Toyota Sienna There are 9 Toyota Sienna minivan models to wade through. The new Toyota website is better at limiting confusion. The AWD Sienna is ONLY available as a 7 passenger model LE, XLE or Limited. There is no spare tire, as these come with run-flat tires. Pay very careful attention to inflation, alignment and rotation with these or you'll be flirting with a $800 tire bill every year.
Figure on shelling out at least $29,135 if you get lucky enough to call all over the country to find one..
Standard LE w/AWD Features:
  • 266hp 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6
  • 5-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive with intelligence (ECT-i)
  • 4,398 lbs on a 119.3" wheelbase
  • 4 wheel disc brakes on AWD models
  • All Season P225/60R17 for AWD models
  • Cruise control
  • 6-way adjustable driver's and 4-way front passenger captain's chairs
  • 6 spkr AM/FM with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, satellite radio capability, MP3/WMA capable
  • Fuel Usage: Octane not specified, yielding 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway

NOTE: The Toyota website, although improved, still sucks big time. For example, going to the "Build it" section of the site reveals that an AWD Sienna cannot be had in anything less than an XLE version, and Toyota's available inventory are all priced all in excess of $39,000.

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