- 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 $41,000 to $44,000

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2009 Acura MDX The MDX begins with one of the most powerful normally aspirated 6-cylinder SUV powerplants available in America. The 3.7-liter DOHC VTEC® V-6 produces 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm with 275 lb-ft of torque and requires premium fuel. The MDX comes standard with SH-AWD and third-row seating, Tri-Zone synchronized automatic climate control systems, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, 8-speaker Premium Sound System, and a host of advanced safety features.
It has a shorter wheelbase (108.3inches) than the RL sedan, though the difference is small, and it weighs some 500 lbs more. The 2008 model was virtually unchanged from 2007, and the 2009 version is more of the same. The MDX carries and an EPA fuel economy rating of 15/20 mpg. Prices for the 09 MDX w/AWD start at $40,990

Standard Features:
  • 3.7-liter, 300 horsepower SOHC, VTEC(R) V-6 engine
  • 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(TM))
  • 18-inch alloy wheels with P255/55R18 M+S all-season tires
  • 4-wheel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist(TM) (VSA(R)) with traction control and Trailer Stability Assist
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • Heated outside mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down and integrated LED directional signals
  • Driver's 10-way, heated power seat, including power adjustable lumbar support
  • 60/40 split folding second row seat and 50/50 third row
  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, phone),
  • Two-driver custom memory system
  • Tri-Zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and filtration
  • 253-watt Acura Premium Sound System with AM/FM tuner, 6-disc in-dash CD, MP3, WMA changer and 8 speakers, including 8-inch subwoofer and XM(R) satellite radio
  • Auxiliary jack for personal audio devices
  • Bluetooth ® HandsFreeLink ® wireless telephone interface
  • Fog Lights w/ Xenon HID headlights
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway
2007 Volvo V70RThe Volvo V70 R has the high pressure 300hp turbo motor, on the same 109 inch wheelbase as the S60 sedan. Interior dimensions for the two 70 series wagons are identical. Prices for the V70 R wagon start at $40,940
Standard Features:
  • 5 cylinder 2.5 Liter High PressureTurbocharged, DOHC, Dual Intercoolers
  • 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (manual)
  • Horsepower 300 @ 5,500 RPM; Torque 295 @ 1,950-5,250 RPM
  • 6-Speed Manual Transmission
  • Electronically Controlled All Wheel Drive
  • Driver and Front Passenger Supplemental Restraint System - Dual-Threshold Air Bags
  • Side Impact Air Bags for Driver and Front Passenger
  • Inflatable Side Curtains (IC)
  • Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS)
  • Dynamic Stability and Traction Control (DSTC)
  • Four-C Electronically Controlled Chassis with 3 Driver Selected Settings
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway

2007 Mercedes C350The Mercedes C350 upgrades the C280 powerplant. Only the C350 Luxury Sedan version has Mercedes' 4Matic AWD option. This 268hp C350 Luxury Sedan (3.5 liter) w/AWD prices out at $40,400. (MSRP included $775 transportation and handling charge)

Standard Features:
  • 268hp 3.5 Liter DOHC 24-valve V-6.
  • 5-speed automatic w/optional 4MATICT all-wheel drive incl. Electronic Traction System
  • Electronic Stability Program
  • 16 inch Alloy Wheels with 205/55 HR16 all-season performance tires
  • Dual-circuit power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes w/ABS
  • Dual power mirrors, linked to driver's seat memory and automatically heated
  • Front and Rear Foglamps
  • 10-way power front seats w/3-position memory. Driver's memory includes steering column and outside mirror positions.
  • 6-speaker AM/FM stereo/weatherband radio. In-dash single-CD player
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Digital dual-zone automatic climate control with Electrostatic dust and pollen filter
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 19 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2008 Audi TT 3.2 quattroThe Audi TT coupe requires the 250hp 3.2 engine for quattro propulsion. It is available as either a coupe or a roadster. It has a retractable rear spoiler that automatically deploys at 75 mph. The short 97 inch wheelbase supports a surprisingly heavy 3,218 lbs. Prices for the TT 3.2 quattro with a 6 speed manual transmission start at $41,500
Standard Features:
  • Aluminum 250hp 3.2 liter DOHC V6
  • 6-speed manual Transmission
  • 17-inch 7-Y-spoke alloy wheels w/ 245/45 performance tires
  • Dual-circuit brake system with diagonal split, ESP, hydraulic brake assistant, ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Electromechanical steering
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Electronic Cruise control
  • Electrically adjustable four-way lumbar adjustment seats; heated
  • Luggage compartment 13.1 cu ft
  • Fuel tank (approx.) 15.9 Gallons
  • Top speed Electronically limited to 130 mph
  • Acceleration 0-60 mph 5.5 seconds
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring system
2009 RX Hybred AWDThe 5 passenger Lexus RX Hybrid AWD gets its power from a less stressed 3.3 liter V6, that will run on regular unleaded and deliver better city driving economy than freeway. That's pretty impressive for a 4,365 lb vehicle that can still accellerate 0 - 60 in 7.3 seconds. The hybrid comes with a CVT; constantly variable transmission.. MSRP for the RX 400H hybrid AWD is listed at $43,480
Standard Features:
  • 268 system hp w/3.3 liter, 4 cam, 24 valve, V6 engine, with 10.8 to 1 compression!
  • Front and rear high-output, permanent-magnet electric motors 
  • Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission
  • 4 wheel disc brakes w/ ABS, Brake Assist and EBD
  • 17" alloy wheels w/ 225/65 SR17 tires
  • 106.9 inch wheelbase, 4,365 lbs
  • Electronic traction and stability controls
  • Cruise control
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Tire pressure monitors
  • 40/20/40 reclining/sliding rear seat
  • Fog lamps
  • Rear window wiper and power mirrors
  • 10-way control power seats for driver and 8 way front passenger 
  • 8 Speaker Sound System with in-dash, single-feed, six-disc CD auto-changer 
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane or better, yielding 26 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2008 Porsche Cayenne TurboFor 2008, the Porsche Cayenne is really only available 1 way. But like Mercedes, Porsche has made each engine option a different model. The base Cayenne gets the 290hp 3.6 motor, the Cayenne S gets the 385hp 4.8 liter 8cylinder engine, and the Turbo gets the blown 500hp version of the 4.8 liter engine. The base Cayenne starts at $43,400
Standard Features:
  • 290hp 3.6 Liter DOHC V6
  • 6 Speed Manual Transmission
  • AWD with Porsche Traction Management for foul weather traction
  • Power, heated front seats, 12-way adjustable
  • Leather trimmed 3 spoke multi-function steering wheel with manual reach and height adjustment, and integrated audio and Tiptronic S shift controls.
  • Climate control with integrated carbon filter.
  • H7 Halogen headlights with manual leveling function.
  • Front and rear fog lamps.
  • 4,784 lbs on a 112.4" wheelbase
  • Heated, electrically adjustable outside mirrors.
  • Cruise Control
  • 17 inch alloy wheels w/ 235/65ZR17 tires
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
  • ABS brakes, w/ 6 piston front and 4 piston rear calipers
  • AM/FM/CD includes 12 speakers
  • Seats 5 with storage behind the 60/40 split folding rear bench
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 14 mpg city/ 20 mpg highway
2009 Infiniti FX35The 5 passenger Infiniti FX series still has 2 AWD options available. The V6 FX35; upgunned to 303hp, or the 390hp FX50 (which adds nearly $15,000 to the FX35 list price). Both get mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission. Subtle changes this year reduced the FX's drag coefficient by about 5%, and added additional wheelbase. The FX is equipped with the Vehicle Dynamic Control (which people like me can disable). If you tried hard enough, I bet you could run up the FX50's sticker price to push $100,000. Prices for the FX35 start at $43,600
Standard Features:
  • 303hp 3.5-liter aluminum V6 engine
  • 7 speed automatic transmission - no manual option
  • 4,299 lbs on a 113.6-inch wheelbase; actually shorter than the M35
  • BIG 4 wheel disc brakes
  • 5-spoke, 18 x 8.0-inch alloy wheels with 265/60R18V all-season performance tires
  • ATTESA E-TS All-Wheel Drive automatically shifts from AWD to rear-wheel drive, or anything in between, depending on driving conditions
  • Dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control system w/microfiltration and charcoal cabin filter
  • Rear-seat heater ducts under front seats
  • 8-way power driver’s seat, w/2-way power lumbar support
  • 8-way power front-passenger’s seat
  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, includes remote fold-down releases in cargo area
  • Power sliding glass moonroof w/1-touch auto-open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade
  • 11-speaker Bose® Premium Audio system w/Burr-Brown DAC, AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS) and In-dash, single-feed 6-disc CD autochanger
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted switches and audio controls
  • HID headlights, front fog lights, and LED tail lights
  • Rear window intermittent wiper and defroster with timer
  • Electric liftgate closure assist
  • Vehicle Immobilizer System
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
2008 Audi Q7The 2009 Audi Q7 crossover is a neat car too. The Q7 seats 5, but can be upgraded to a 7 passenger configuration. It is available in a variety of powerplant and trim options, from the standard 280hp 3.6 to the 350hp 4.2 Prestige version. Planned for release in the spring of 2009 is a TDI (clean) diesel powerplant version capable of towing 6,000 lbs and still exceeding 30mpg highway. This may be the better "green" option, with recent revelations that California's mandated Flex-fuel vehicles have been almost exclusively fuelled by gasoline, at enormous cost both in purchase price, and economy, since the flex-fuelers were larger and less efficient than the vehicles they replaced. Prices for the Standard Q7 3.6 start at $43.500.
Standard Features:
  • 280hp 3.6 Liter High Compression V6
  • 6-speed Tiptronic automatic; no manual transmission option.
  • 5,080 lbs on a long 118.2 inch wheelbase
  • 6 piston front, 4 piston rear dics brakes; better than many performance cars!
  • Folding second-row rear seat; optional 3rd row
  • Dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensing for passenger side
  • 18" alloy wheels w/235/60 R18 all-season tires
  • Front seats with 12-way power driver's side adjustment (including 4-way lumbar) and passenger side manual height adjustment
  • Electronic cruise control with coast, resume and acceleration features
  • Dual Zone climate control
  • Heated exterior mirrors and headlight washers
  • Front and rear foglights
  • 180 watt, 10 speaker audio system with a 6 CD changer
  • Advanced anti-theft vehicle alarm system
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
2008 Cadillac SRXThe Cadillac SRX is based on the same platform as the CTS and STS sedans. . Named Car and Driver's Best Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle 3 years in a row, the SRX is obviously hard to beat. It gets a lot of praise for its car like handling, making it ideal for buyers who are looking for their first SUV and aren't used to wheeling a big heavy truck. Prices for the 255hp V6 SRX w/AWD start at $44,045

Standard Features:

  • 3.6L 255 hp V6 Engine
  • 4,320 lbs. on a 113.4" wheelbase
  • 5-speed electronically controlled automatic with Driver Shift Control; no manual option
  • 3 row, 7 passenger seating (kids only in row 3)
  • Second row 60/40 split-bench, adjustable
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system and brake assist
  • All-Speed Traction Control
  • 17 in. x 7.5 in. cast aluminum wheels with P235/65R17 front, P255/60R17 rear; H-rated tires
  • AM/FM stereo with CD player, RDS, and Bose 8-speaker system
  • Dual-zone automatic with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
  • Electronic cruise control
  • Driver's front bucket seat includes 8-way power seat adjuster and articulating head restraints
  • Leather-wrapped with Tilt-Wheel steering column. Includes audio and HVAC controls
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 14 mpg city, 21 mpg highway
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