- 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 $46,000 to $51,000

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2007 Acura RLThe 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
2008 Lexus GS350 sedanThe Lexus GS 350 AWD is a pretty swoopy sedan. It squeezes 303hp out of the 3.5 liter, high compression V6. Standard are run flat tires. The GS450 is not available in AWD trim. Prices on the GS350 AWD start at $46,100
Standard Features:
  • 303hp 3.5-liter V6, four cam, four valves per cylinder
  • Six-speed sequential-shift automatic -electronically controlled
  • Full-time all-wheel drive
  • 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 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
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 111.6 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 $49,210
Standard Features:
  • 311hp 4.4-liter V8 engine
  • 6-Speed Geartronic Automatic Transmission
  • Powered front and split folding rear seat
  • 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
  • Heated mirrors
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear Fog light with auto-off feature
  • Dual-Zone Electronic Climate Control
  • 8 speaker premium audio w/In-dash 6-CD Changer & MP3 Capability
  • 4,100 lbs on a 111.6 inch Wheelbase
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway
2007 Audi S4 sedanThe Audi S4 sedan "power user" model features a 340 hp 4.2 liter V8 delivering 0 - 60mph times of 5.3 seconds, and sits on a set of 18 inch alloy wheels . Requires premium fuel. S4 prices start at $48,610
Standard Features:
  • 340 hp 4.2 liter V8 with Double Overhead Camshafts (DOHC)
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 18 x 7 double-spoke cast alloy wheel w/235/40 R 18 high-performance tires*
  • Audi Symphony AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD changer
  • Dual climate control with separate driver and front passenger controls
  • Activated charcoal filter for dust and pollen control
  • Electronic cruise control with coast, resume and acceleration features
  • Electrically adjustable front seats w/4-way lumbar adjustment
  • Dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensing for passenger side
  • Power adjustable, heated exterior mirrors
  • S4-tuned sport suspension
  • 3,869 lbs.
  • Power glass sunroof with slide-and-tilt functions and pinch protection
  • Fuel Usage: Premium, yielding 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway
2011 Mercedes ML350 The Mercedes M Class is well into its second generation design phase, and offers a wide array of powertrain options. Also a 5 passenger model, the M class is a bit bigger than the GLK, though not by much. You can get the M class with a V6, a diesel V6, a hybrid V6, or a V8. All of these are available with the AWD option. The base model is the ML350, which uses the common 3.5 V6 mated to the 7 speed transmission for $48,990.
Standard Features:
  • 268hp 3.5 Liter DOHC 24-valve V-6.
  • 7-speed automatic w/4Matic AWD incl. Electronic Traction System
  • 4,729 lbs. on a 114.7 inch wheelbase
  • Front- and second-row power windows with one-touch express-up/down.
  • 4-way (tilt/telescoping) manually adjustable steering column.
  • Electronic cruise control.
  • Dual-zone climate control with Electrostatic dust and pollen filter.
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 4 way power lumbar support
  • 19 x 8 spoked wheels with 255/50 R19, all-season tires
  • 4 wheel disc brakes with ABS and Brake Assist
  • Dual heated power mirrors.
  • Electrically heated rear window with auto-shutoff based on time, speed, and temperature.
  • Hydraulically assisted tailgate closing feature.
  • Black protective-coated roof rails (with 220-lb roof load capacity).
  • Halogen head lamps and front foglamps. Single red rear foglamp in left taillamp.
  • 8 Speaker Sound System
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane or better, yielding 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway
2007 S4 AvantThe Audi A6 Avant with Quattro AWD is only available with the 255hp version of the 3.2 liter V6. Sitting on a 112" wheelbase, Two securing rails ensure loads can be locked safely in position when on the move, while bag hooks, a luggage net and easy clean plastic tray provide additional storage solutions. The A6 3.2 Avant wagon prices start at
Standard Features:
  • 340 hp 4.2 liter V8 with Double Overhead Camshafts (DOHC)
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • 18 inch cast alloy wheels w/245/40 R 18 all season tires
  • Audi Symphony AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer
  • Dual climate control with separate driver and front passenger controls
  • Activated charcoal filter for dust and pollen control
  • Electronic cruise control with coast, resume and acceleration features
  • Electrically adjustable front seats w/4-way lumbar adjustment
  • Dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensing for passenger side
  • Power adjustable, heated exterior mirrors
  • S4-tuned sport suspension
  • Power glass sunroof with slide-and-tilt functions and pinch protection
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway
2009 Audi A6 sedanThe 2009 Audi A6 is also available in Avant, or S6 trim. The supercharged 300hp 3.0 liter V6 equipped sedans and wagons come with the quattro AWD system, while the 3.2 liter versions are front wheel drive only. 4.2 V8 vesions also get quattro and both come with the Tiptronic transmission. The S6 trim level brings you the 435hp 5.2 liter V10 powerplant . The A6 is no longer available on the Audi "build-it" pages, so it may be the last year for this car... The Audi A6 3.0T quattro Avant will start at $53,310.  The Audi A6 4.2 quattro sedan will start at $60,950, and the Audi S6 will start at $75,900.  The A6 3.0T quattro sedan will start at $50,100.
Standard Features:
  • New 300 HP 3.0 liter supercharged V6
  • Quattro AWD w/Tiptronic 6 Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 4,123 lbs. on a 112 inch wheelbase
  • Sunroof
  • Dual zone air conditioning with climate control
  • 17" 16-spoke cast alloy wheels w/245/45 R17 all-season tires
  • Electronic cruise control
  • 6-CD changer for MMI-integrated DSP 10-speaker sound system in glove box
  • 8-way power heated front seats
  • Advanced anti-theft vehicle alarm system
  • Power adjustable heated exterior mirrors
  • Manual tilt and telescopic steering column
  • Audi SideguardT head protection airbag supplemental restraints for front and rear occupants
  • Fuel Usage: 91 Octane, yielding 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway but the website pegs it at 16/23
2009 Mercedes R350The Mercedes R Class crossover is called a Sport Tourer by Mercedes. It can seat 6 adults, with an option for 7. The R-Class crossover boasts a strong unibody platform and four-wheel independent suspension with double control arms in the front and four-link air suspension at the rear. AWD is standard euipment for the R class. The R class is available with the 3.5 liter gas engine or the BlueTEC diesel. The gas engine version (R350) starts at $50,240
Standard Features:
  • 268 hp 3.5 liter V6 coupled to the 7-Speed automatic transmission
  • Flat folding 2nd and 3rd row seats for maximun cargo space
  • 8-way power front seats with driver-side 4-way pneumatic lumbar control
  • Dual-zone automatic climate controls
  • Power tilt/sliding sunroof with electric shade
  • Power exterior mirrors with electric heat
  • Rear window intermittent wiper and washer 
  • In-dash 6-disc DVD/CD changer, DVD video/audio player, in-dash SD memory card reader and MP3 input
  • Variable focus halogen headlamps with programmable auto lighting system
  • Integrated front foglamps in chrome
  • Electronic Stability Program (4-ESP®, 4-Wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS) 
  • Roll-over sensors and Trailer Stability Assist
  • 4-Channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) and Acceleration Skid Control (ASR) & Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Automatic anti-theft alarm system
  • Night security illumination with locator lighting
  • Rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers
  • 19” 5-spoke wheels with 255/50 R19 run flat tires.
  • Premium fuel; 15 mpg city / 19mpg highway
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