- 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 Under $20,000

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2010 Suzuki SX4 CUVThe Suzuki SX4 Crossover is powered by a 143 hp, 2.0-liter, L4, 16-valve, DOHC engine. It comes standard with 3-mode intelligent All-Wheel-Drive (i-AWD), allowing the driver to choose between 2WD, 4WD Lock (which locks the wheels together for slow going in mud, sand, ice or snow), and versatile 4WD Auto, which automatically apportions power to the rear wheels when needed for additional safety and performance. The Suzuki SX4 Crossover is still the least expensive All Wheel Drive vehicle for sale in the US. It's light weight of only 2855 lbs allows its small 2.0 liter engine to provide adequate power, but not much in the way of reserves. And don't call it a hatchback; its a small 5 door CUV. Hey, that's ok with me. Anything this inexpensive and still so well equipped can be called anything they want. So if you can fit in it, there's no excuse for not having something with AWD. Prices for the 2009 AWD SX4 Crossover start at just $16,849.00
Standard equipment:
  • 143 hp, 2.0-liter, L4, 16-valve, DOHC engine with 136 lbs-ft of torque
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Only 2,855 lbs on a 98.4" wheelbase
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)3 with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Front seat-mounted side impact airbags
  • 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Front and rear side-curtain airbags (SRS)
  • Multi-reflector jewel-type headlamps
  • Electronic Multipoint fuel injection
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Height-adjustable steering wheel
  • Front and rear side impact door beams
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • 60/40 split fold-and-tumble second-row seats
  • Torsion bar rear suspension
  • Fender flares (black)
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • Power windows, door locks, and mirrors
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway
2008 Jeep Patriot LtdThe Jeep Patriot is available in either Sport or Limited trim levels. Sharing the same platform as the Compass, Patriot nevertheless succeeds in looking like a Jeep should. For 2010, Jeep has focused on Patriot as an off-roader version of Compass. It is available with Freedom Drive I™ (a full-time, active four-wheel-drive system with lock mode) and a Freedom Drive II™ Off-Road Package (a full-time, active 4x4 system 19:1 Low Ratio that provides true Jeep 4x4 Trail Rated® capability). The latter sits one inch higher than the former. Its 17-inch wheels contribute to the Trail Rated Patriot's 9 inches of ground clearance. In addition, Trail Rated models have additional body sealing and high-mounted drivetrain vents in order to support 19-inch water-fording capability. The Off-Road Package utilizes a 2nd-generation Continuously Variable Transaxle with a low ratio (CVT2L) to maximize off-road capability. In addition, all-terrain tires, a full-size spare, skid plates, tow hooks and fog lamps separate Trail Rated Patriots from all other compact SUVs. The base Patriot Sport with 4wd starts at just $19,545, while the Off Road version comes in around $21,900. (And if you're buying a Jeep, you want that version. Trust me.)
Standard equipment:
  • 172 hp, 2.4L 4-Cyl DOHC 16V Dual Variable Valve Timing Engine
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • (A Continuously Variable Transmission [CVT2] is an $1,100 option)
  • Curb weight of 3,250 lbs on a 103.7 inch wheelbase
  • Electronic Stability Program and Traction Control
  • Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats w/Adjustable Head Rests
  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt Steering Column
  • 4-wheel disc antilock brake system (ABS) w/ Brake Assist
  • 16 x 6.5-inch styled steel wheels w/ P205/70R16 bsw All- Season Tires
  • 4-speaker AM/FM Stereo with CD Player & Auxiliary Input Jack
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation
  • Liftgate Door with Fixed Glass
  • Rear window washer/wiper/defroster
  • Side Roof Rails
  • 2,000lb. towing capacity
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 21 mpg city/24 mpg highway
2010 Impreza 2.5i sedanThe Subaru Impreza is also the basis for the WRX and the Outback Sport. For 2010,the entry model is the 2.5i. Upgrades from there ate the 2.5i Premium, the Outback Sport, and the top of the line 2.5GT. The 170hp 2.5 liter 4 cylinder boxer (flat) engine is mated to a manual 5 speed transmission. Outback Sport versions have a taller suspension, Premium variants are more richly detailed, while the $26,995 GT gets the 224hp intercooled turbo 2.5liter motor. The base 5 door lists for an attractive $17,995, while the base 2.5i sedan remains at $17,495
Standard Features:
  • 170-hp 2.5-liter BOXER engine
  • 170 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm
  • 5 speed manual transmission (Auto is optional)
  • 3,075 lbs. on a 103.1 inch wheelbase
  • Vehicle Dynamics Control with all-wheel, all-speed traction control and Electronic Limited Slip Differential function
  • Power 4-wheel disc with standard 4-channel / 4-sensor ABS, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist
  • Sport-tuned 4-wheel independent suspension
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Sport-design front seats with height-adjustable active head restraints
  • Cruise control
  • 16 x 6.5" steel wheels w/ 205/55 R16 Bridgestone RE92A M+S all-season tires
  • 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat
  • Rear-center armrest with trunk pass-through
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat backs
  • 12v power outlets: one in front and one in rear of center console
  • 4-speaker audio system with single-disc in-dash CD player
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway
2009 Subaru Legacy sedanThe 2010 Subaru Legacy is built on a new platform that increases room and comfort. The Legacy offers 3 levels of performance; the Legacy 2.5i, 2.5i Premium and 2.5i Limited -- are powered by a revised 170-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder Boxer engine (with available PZEV rating) and are equipped with a new standard 6-speed manual transmission or the new Lineartronic ™ CVT. The Legacy 2.5GT is available in Premium and Limited trim, powered by a new 265-hp turbocharged / intercooled Boxer engine. The Legacy 3.6R , Premium and Limited trim versions are powered by a new 256-hp 3.6-liter engine. The 3.6R is exclusively equipped with a 5-speed electronic automatic transmission. Compared to the 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine it replaces, the new, more powerful 3.6 has can run on regular-grade fuel, rather than premium. Prices for the base, manual transmissioned Legacy 2.5i start at a reduced $19,995.
Standard Features:
  • 2.5-liter SOHC horizontally opposed (Boxer) 4-cylinder engine with i-Active Valve Lift System: 170 hp, 170 lb.-ft. torque (PZEV: same hp and torque)
  • 6-speed manual transmission (Lineartronic™ CVT with manual mode and paddle shifters optional)
  • 3,270 lbs on a 108.3 inch wheelbase
  • 4-wheel disc, ventilated front. 4-channel, 4-sensor ABS w/Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • CFC-free air conditioning system
  • 8-way power driver’s seat with manually adjustable lumbar support
  • AM/FM/single CD stereo system with MP3/WMA playback, auxiliary audio input jack, radio data system (RDS) and 4 speakers
  • Power windows and mirrors
  • Electronic Cruise control
  • 4-beam multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto on/off ambient light sensor
  • Tilt and telescopic steering column
  • 16 x 6.5-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers and 205/60 R16 all-season tires
  • Fuel Usage: 87 Octane, yielding 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway (The CVT equipped version achieves 23/31 mpg.)
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