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 RX Hybrid 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-in six-spoke aluminum 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
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
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 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
  • 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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