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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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
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 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
2009 Chevy TraverseTraverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. Last year's Lambda's were succesful enough to prompt GM to bring out a Chevrolet badged version, as if the Enclave, Acadia and Outlook were not enough. In fairness, Ford has milked the Mazda 6 platform like nobody's business, but they did so by creating different vehicles using a shared starting point. GM seems to be just alternating emblems on the production line. Can a Pontiac version be far off? The baseline Traverse with AWD starts at $31,255
Standard Features:
  • 3.6L V6 engine with 281 hp
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Premium Cloth front bucket seats
  • Manual air conditioning with rear controls
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Flat-folding second-row three-passenger 60/40 split-bench seat with Smart Slide
  • Flat-folding third-row three-passenger 60/40 split-bench seat
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System (with Traction Control)
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • 6 speaker AM/FM audio with CD/MP3 player and auxiliary audio input jack
  • Black, power-adjustable outside mirrors
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • 17-inch wheels with P245/70R17 all-season, blackwall tires
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/23 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 Dodge Charger
The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger R/T AWD model features an active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system to improve fuel economy. Dodge Charger's innovative AWD system seamlessly transitions between rear-wheel drive and AWD with no driver intervention. When all-wheel drive is not required, the system automatically disconnects the front axle to maximize fuel economy while still providing the outstanding fun-to-drive performance and handling inherent in rear-wheel-drive vehicles.
Only the R/T series can be had with AWD. The base R/T model with AWD brings it on with the 370 horsepower 5.7 liter Hemi engine. Prices for the 2011 AWD Charger R/T start at $32,320.
Standard Features:
  • 370 hp Hemi V-8 engine with 396 Lb/ft torque and variable valve timing
  • 5-speed automatic transmission - no manual options.
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)
  • All-speed traction control system (TCS)
  • Performance four-wheel disc, anti-lock brakes
  • 8-way Power heated driver's seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat with armrest
  • Air Conditioning w/filtration
  • 120.2 inch wheelbase carries 4,450 lbs
  • Fog Lamps and HID headlamps
  • Speed control
  • Power windows with power, heated mirrors
  • Power adjustable pedals
  • 19-inch aluminum wheels w/P235/55R19 BSW All Season Performance Michelin Tires
  • 276-watt six-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system with amplifier 
  • Fuel Usage: 87 octane will work, but its happier with 89 octane gas; 15mpg city, 23 highway
2009 Audi A4 Sedan The new 2009 A4 sits on the same platform as Audi's -5 series of vehicles, but does so as a 4 door sedan. Larger and roomier than the 2008 A4, this one is also available with the 2 liter turbo motor as the A4 2.0 TFSI Premium. That's a mouthful for what I would call the base AWD A4 sedan. In this car, the engine is set up to make 211hp; a 5% increase over the A3 level. The A4 is also avalable in wagon (Avant), convertible (Cabrio) and sport (S) trim levels, with varying powertrains, including a manual 6 speed option. The AWD A4 sedan starts off at $32,700.
Standard Features:
  • 211hp DOHC Turbo 4 w/Intercooler
  • 6 Speed manual transmission is optional; configurable CVT trans is standard
  • 3,715 lbs. on a 110.6 inch wheelbase
  • 17" 6-spoke forged alloy wheels
  • 215/55 R16 all-season tires
  • Leather seats with a 4-spoke, leather-covered multi-function steering wheel
  • Air conditioning with climate control
  • Power glass sunroof with slide-and-tilt functions
  • 6" Multi Media Interface screen
  • 180 watt Audi CD/sound system with 10 speakers, incl. a subwoofer
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Fog lights
  • Folding rear seat back
  • Power adjustable, heated exterior mirrors
  • Remote locking system
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway
2008 Audi A4 AvantThe Audi A4 Avant with Quattro AWD is available in either a 200hp intercooled turbo 2 liter or the 250hp 3.2 liter V6. These versions are called the A4 2.0T Avant and the A4 3.2 Avant respectively. A4 2.0T Avant wagon prices start at $32.000
Standard Features:
  • 200hp 2.0 liter 4-cylinder, turbo-charged and intercooled, DOHC
  • 6-speed manual transmission (Quattro)
  • 3,671 lbs on a 104.25 inch wheelbase
  • 16" 7-spoke cast alloy wheels
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seat, lockable
  • Audi Symphony AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD changer
  • Brushed aluminum roof rails
  • Dual-stage front airbags / SideguardT head protection airbags front and rear
  • Dual-zone climate control air conditioning
  • Electronic cruise control with coast, resume and acceleration features
  • Power driver seat w/4-way lumbar adjustment
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway
2007 Volvo S60 2.5 SedanThe Volvo S60 sedan can be had with either a low pressure turbo (the 208hp 2.5T version) or a high pressure turbo (the 300hp R version). Prices for the S60 2.5T AWD start at $32,735
Standard Features:
  • 208hp 2.5-liter, 5-Cylinder, double-overhead cam, Turbocharger with Intercooler
  • Electronically Controlled All Wheel Drive
  • 5-speed microprocessor-controlled automatic w/lock-up torque converter. In Winter mode, the car takes off in third gear to help avoid wheel spin.
  • 16" x 6.5" Echo Alloy Wheels with 205/55/R16 Tires
  • Power-Adjustable Heated Exterior Rearview Mirrors with Memory Function
  • Audio System with In-Dash Single CD Player, AM/FM Stereo, Dolby "B" Noise Reduction, 4x25-Watt Amplifier, 6 Speakers
  • Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel with Illuminated Cruise and Audio Controls
  • Power-Adjustable Driver Seat, 8-Way with 3-Position Memory and Lumbar Support
  • Front and Rear Fog Lights
  • Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC)
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 21 mpg city/30 mpg highway
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