Say “No Problem” to inclement weather. Here are the best all-wheel drive cars in every body style.
All-wheel drive may seem like the little brother to four-wheel drive vehicles, but there’s something to be said about driving an all-wheel drive vehicle. Here are our top all-wheel drive cars to consider when making your next vehicle purchase.
How can you start an all-wheel drive list off without a Subaru? Hint: you can’t. The Subaru Impreza is a sedan that gives you more adventure for your buck. According to Edmunds, the Impreza is the cheapest all-wheel drive vehicle of 2019. With its 28 city/38 highway fuel efficiency, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another all-wheel drive car like this. You’ll also have high-tech safety features, even on the lowest trim-level, that include rear cross-traffic alerts and Subaru Eyesight (adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, lane keep assist, etc.,). What more can you ask for?
For a sportier version of an all-wheel drive sedan, look to the Dodge Charger. This vehicle isn’t for your average driver but for those who want a little more fun in their driving life, but with a little practicality in mind. With four doors and enough room for the whole family, the Dodge Charger isn’t totally impractical, but it won’t get you great gas mileage. There are, however, quite a few safety features including blind spot monitoring and forward collision warnings, along with a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. For a little more fun and a lot of all-wheel drive, try the Charger.
The most sensible of the all-wheel drive cars may be the Ford Fusion. The roomy cabin and trunk make the Fusion a great choice for drivers who want more room for passengers and gear. Standard safety features with the all-wheel drive Fusion include blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and a forward collision mitigation system. Fusion drivers appreciate this sedan for its quietness when driving at top speeds on the highway and its enjoyable driving and handling. If you’re looking for a classic sedan with all-wheel drive capabilities, the Ford Fusion is a great choice.
Alfa Romeo, the Italian auto manufacturer finding a nice stride in the market, has proven themselves worthy of one of the top spots for luxury all-wheel drive sedan, the Giulia. Opt for the Cold Weather Package and your Giulia will come with heated everything including seats (even the rear seats!), steering wheel, and washer nozzles. The only thing the Giulia could use is a little more car tech in the Bluetooth and driver connectivity department. For a turbocharged Ferrari-developed engine, sporty handling, and luxurious comfort look no further than the Giulia.
Though the turbocharged engines have been discontinued, the Cadillac CT6 is still a contender for best luxury car with all-wheel drive. Here’s why. The CT6 sits at a lower price point than its major competitors and is on its final years of production. Don’t let that scare you away though. The CT6 offers one of the best semi-automated driving assistance programs, Super Cruise, and features all the best characteristics of the CT6 since its inception. Safety features in this vehicle include a following distance indicator to keep you at a safe distance between cars while driving on the road, as well as forward and reverse braking mitigation systems. With enough room for adults in both the front and backseats, you’ll hardly get a complaint when riding in the CT6. It’s as classy as Cadillac is, which is very classy for those of you that don’t know.
With so many SUVs on the market, it’s hard to choose the top 3 all-wheel drive compact SUVs. Thankfully the Honda CR-V made it easier on us. The CR-V, rival to the Toyota RAV4, is one of America’s most favorite SUVs today for good reason. Abundant cabin and trunk space and a quiet cabin make the CR-V a family favorite. Not only does it accelerate and handle well, but this vehicle also has near perfect safety rating scores. You really can’t go wrong with the CR-V has it’s reliable and has great resale value, too, if you decide to make the switch. Also, it’s all-wheel drive, but you know that already.
The Jeep Cherokee is a great choice for those who want off-road and on road adventures. With the option for the Cherokee Trailhawk AWD package, you can get farther into the wild, while towing up to 4,500 lbs., too. Standard features in the Jeep Cherokee include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Jeep’s UConnect infotainment system. Safety features you’ll love include the forward collision warnings, automatic braking, and blind spot monitoring. The Cherokee has a lot of competition in the compact SUV market, but it’s one of our top choices for vehicles with all-wheel drive.
The Volkswagen Tiguan is a car you may not hear about but see on the road often. The 2019 Tiguan is much bigger than previous year models making it ideal for drivers who want more cargo and passenger space. With an optional third-row seat, you can easily fit adults and children without worry, though the children may find they fit better in the back. Standard features include heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system. You can add safety features like forward collision warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, and blind spot monitoring with the Driver Assistance package. With all-wheel drive, the Tiguan is a great choice for those who want comfort and quiet while on the road.
For a full-size SUV that bears both the characteristics of standard and luxurious, the Buick Enclave should be your go-to. The Enclave gives you the best of both worlds to provide you with the peace and quiet of a luxury SUV, with the price tag of your everyday big car brand. Its three rows of seats sit seven passengers and allow for up to 98 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down. The Enclave also comes with a unique safety feature, on top of other standard safety features, called the Safety Alert Seat. If there is any sign of lane departure or collision, the driver’s seat vibrates in the direction of the incoming threat. Pretty cool, stuff.
We’ve mentioned the Toyota Sienna before, but it’s worth mentioning again if you’re looking for an all-wheel drive minivan. This tried and true minivan has been around since 1998 and has continued to innovate through three design generations. Unlike SUVs, the Sienna is easier to drive and has superior handling, as well as acceleration. With flexible seating arrangements, including removable second row seats and folding rear seats, the Sienna is a practical, utilitarian vehicle with all-wheel drive.
The Chrysler Pacifica is another great all-wheel drive minivan choice. The interior design makes it easy to transform from cargo hold to passenger hauler within a few seconds. The visibility around the vehicle is astounding, especially when adding its surround view camera with a 360-degree top-down view to the mix. The Pacifica also includes several safety features like front and rear parking assist and blind spot monitoring. The Pacifica also received the highest safety rating from the IIHS, so you can have peace of mind when toting your family around with you.
All-wheel drive vehicles can carry higher price tags, but they also keep you safe while driving in difficult terrain. Whether you live in an area with a harsh climate or find yourself in a sticky situation every once and a while, all-wheel drive can be just what you need when you need an extra boost to keep moving.
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