- 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 $44,000 to $47,000

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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
2008 STSThere are 2 trim levels for the V6 Cadillac STS AWD option; the Standard model,and the Luxury. The Luxury trim level focuses on interior upgrades; a memory package for two drivers, Eucalyptus wood trim, Bose® AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer. The Luxury Performance version carries an AWD option as well, but only when equipped with the powerful Northstar 4.6L Variable Valve Timing V8. That top o' the heap STS carries a $63,595 price tag. Prices for the Standard with the optional AWD system start at $46,845
Standard Features:
  • 3.6L direct injection V-6 with 302 horsepower
  • 6 speed automatic transmission
  • Front and rear sway bars
  • All-Speed Traction Control
  • Speed Sensitive Steering
  • Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
  • 17-inch polished cast-aluminum wheels w/P235/50R17 Michelin S-Rated All-Season tires
  • AM/FM stereo with CD player, RDS, and Bose® 8-speaker system
  • Dual-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Electronic cruise control with set and resume speed functions
  • Driver and front passenger 8-way power seats
  • High Intensity Discharge lamps
  • Fog lamps
  • 4 wheel performance disc brakes
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/26 mpg highway
2008 528xi SedanThe BMW 5 Series w/AWD has two powerplants available; the 528xi has a 3.0-liter DOHC, 24-valve inline 230-horsepower 6-cylinder engine and the 535xi come with a turbocharged 300-horsepower 3.0 liter engine with twin-turbo technology. The extra oomph will cost you more than $5,000. Prices for the 528xi start at $46,500
Standard Features:
  • 230hp 3.0-liter dual overhead cam (DOHC), 24-valve inline 6-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • xDrive, all-wheel-drive system
  • Front and rear anti-roll (stabilizer) bars
  • 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with Dynamic Brake Control
  • Dynamic Stability Control, including Comfort Stop, Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features, with Dynamic Traction Control
  • 17x 7.5 Star Spoke cast alloy wheels, 225/50R-17 all-season tires
  • Halogen free-form foglights
  • 10-way power front seats with power head restraints
  • 2-setting memory system for driver's seat, side-view mirrors, and steering wheel position
  • Automatic climate control w/separate left/right controls, Micro-filter ventilation system w/active-charcoal filters
  • Anti-theft AM/FM stereo/CD audio system with 10 speakers, Auto-Store, FM diversity antenna system, and MP3 capabilities
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
2007 BMW X5The BMW X5 Series has a longish 115.5 inch wheelbase that helps this luxo-ute ride demurely, and allows for vestigial third row seating. It is heavy at over 5,000 lbs, and will appeal to those used to driving trucks since BMW has spent a lot of energy on improving the driving dynamics of such a large vehicle. While the 4.8i version will run you $54,500, prices for the X5 3.0si start at
Standard Features:
  • 230hp 3.0-liter DOHC, 24-valve inline 6-cyl magnesium/aluminum engine
  • 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission
  • xDrive, all-wheel-drive system
  • Dynamic Stability Control, including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Stand-by features, with Dynamic Traction Control, and Dynamic Brake Contro
  • 4-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes; electronic front/rear proportioning
  • 18 x 8.5 Star Spoke (Style 210) light-alloy wheels, w/ 255/55R-18 run-flat all-season tires
  • Xenon Adaptive Headlights with auto-leveling
  • Halogen free-form foglights with Cornering Lights function
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • 10-way power driver’s and passenger’s seat and memory system for driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors
  • Automatic front climate control with left/right temperature settings and micro-filter ventilation
  • Dynamic cruise control
  • Anti-Theft AM/FM stereo CD radio with Radio Data System (RDS), MP3 capabilities
  • 12-speaker audio w/ 2 subwoofers under front seats and a 205 watt, 7-channel amplifier
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
2009 Lexus GS350 sedanThe Lexus GS sedan with AWD is only available with the 303hp 3.5 liter, high compression V6. (GS 350) Like its smaller sibling, the IS, it is visually unchanged for 2009 and also incorporates the engine immobilizer. Standard are run flat tires. The GS450 is not available in AWD trim. Prices on the GS350 AWD are up $700 from 2008 at $46,800
Standard Features:
  • 303hp 3.5-liter V6, four cam, four valves per cylinder
  • 6-speed sequential-shift automatic, electronically controlled transmission; no manual option
  • 3,965 lbs. on a 112.2 inch wheelbase
  • Four-wheel power-assisted ventilated disc brakes w/ABS
  • 17 x 7.5-in alloy wheels with 225/50VR17 all-season run-flat tires
  • Lexus 10-speaker Premium Sound System w/Automatic Sound Levelizer and in-dash, single-feed, 6-disc CD auto-changer
  • 10-way heated driver's and front passenger's power seats incl. lumbar support
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control with interior air filter
  • Cruise control
  • Vehicle Stability Control w/Traction Control, Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Integrated foglamps
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
2009 Acura RLThe Acura RL Luxury performance sedan's standard equipment includes a 300-hp version of the 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 engine, a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™), fully independent suspension, 17-inch aluminum wheels and a luxurious leather-trimmed interior. It sits on a 110.2 inch wheelbase, and weighs in just over 4,000 lbs. The RL was updated mid year in 2008, and this version has improved suspension parts as well as some more aggressive SH-AWD software. Prices for the RL start at $46,680
Standard Features:
  • 300hp 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC VTEC® V-6: No scheduled tune-ups for 100,000 miles
  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic w/paddle-shifters and Grade Logic Control
  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive; no 2wd version is available.
  • 4,083 lbs. on a 110.2 inch wheelbase.
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/4-piston aluminum front calipers, ABS, and EBD
  • Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) with traction control
  • 18x8-inch, 7-spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels
  • P245/45R18 96V Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 high performance M+S tires
  • Fog lights and Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
  • Driver's heated 8-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
  • Front passenger's heated 4-way power seat with power-adjustable lumbar support
  • Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround Sound w/6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, MP3, WMA and DTS®
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • GPS-linked, solar sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system
  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column with driver recognition
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls (cruise control, audio, telephone, voice recognition)
  • Heated outside mirrors reverse tilt-down and integrated directional signals
  • Rear window defroster with timer
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
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