- 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 $45,000 to $48,000

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2008 528xi Sedan shownThe 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
2008 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
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
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
2009 Infiniti M35xThe 3.5 liter Infiniti M35x AWD is joined by an AWD version of the 4.5 liter V8 powered M, called the M45x. Based on the same chassis as the G, FX and EX, it is stretched and strengthened, making the M slightly bigger than the G. For 09, theM35x uses the 3.5 liter V6, which now pumps out 303 hp. While the M has an inch or two over the G in almost evey interior spec, they are identical in hip room. So check them both out before you sign on the dotted line; you won't regret it. Both are excellent cars. Prices for the 09 M35X AWD start at $47,950
Standard M35x AWD Features:
  • 303-hp 3.5-liter V6
  • 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and Downshift Rev Matching (No manual option)
  • Intelligent All-Wheel Drive w/Infiniti Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System
  • 4,058 lbs on a 114.2-in wheelbase
  • Aluminum doors, hood and trunk
  • 5-spoke, 18 x 8.0-inch alloy wheels with 245/45R18 V-rated all-season performance tires
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist
  • Dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control system with microfiltration
  • Power sliding tinted glass moonroof w/1-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade
  • 10-way power driver and passenger seats with adjustable lumbar support
  • Dual occupant memory system for driver's seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, linked to individual Intelligent Keys
  • 6-speaker audio system with AM/FM and in-dash, single-feed 6-CD autochanger, with MP3 and WMA playback capability
  • HID headlights, Integrated front fog lights and LED tail lights
  • Dual heated, power outside mirrors with reverse tilt-down
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
2007 Volvo S80 V8 AWD sedanThe S80 V8 AWD sedan sits on a longer 112 inch wheelbase, and is powered by a 311hp normally aspirated V8. In virtually all other interior dimensions, the S80 is the roomiest. S80 V8 Prices start at $47,350
Standard Features:
  • 311hp 4.4-liter V8 engine
  • 6-Speed Geartronic Automatic Transmission
  • All Wheel Drive with Instant Traction
  • Dynamic Stability Traction Control (DSTC)
  • Whiplash Protection Seating System (WHIPS)
  • Power Glass Moonroof
  • 17" x 8" Meissa Wheels with 245/45R17 V All Season Tires
  • Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control
  • AUX-Input and In-dash 6-CD Changer with MP3 Capability
  • 111.6 inch Wheelbase
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
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