Anyone who has ever bought a new car, anticipating it will be driven in snow or rugged terrain, knows the dilemma of deciding whether to settle for two-wheel drive or take on the added costs of upgrading to all wheel drive.
It’s easy to settle for the more affordable front or rear wheel drive when you are in the comfort of the dealership. Once winter hits, however, and roads get icy and people start driving like fools you may kick yourself for not paying the extra few thousand.
Thankfully, there are a few models out there that offer the stability of all wheel drive without forcing you to sacrifice a ski pass to pay for them.
Here are the top seven most affordable and most reliable AWD vehicles.
#7 Nissan Rogue
Power, Cost, Efficiency:
- MSRP: From $22,790
- MPG: 26 city/ 33 highway
- Horsepower: 170 HP
- Engine: 2.5 L
The Nissan Rogue is one of the more affordable AWD vehicles for two reasons. First of all, it starts at less than $25,000. Secondly, it has maintained impressive fuel economy in a class of vehicles that often guzzle gas.
Considered a compact crossover, the Nissan Rogue has managed to keep the MPG up and fuel costs down thanks to its innovative aerodynamic design that reduces wind resistance. The vehicles single speed engine further improves the fuel economy.
The Rogue’s AWD system senses loss of traction under a specific wheel or set of wheels and adjusts the torque accordingly. The vehicle is also equipped with added AWD controls to keep you safe on icy roads.
The first addition is Active Ride Control, a system which automatically applies brakes and adjusts engine torque when it sense a bump in the road.
Active Trace Control, in turn, helps prevent the vehicles from slipping or sliding by selectively applying brakes when cornering and engaging the inner and outer brakes as necessary.
Finally, the car’s Active Engine Braking system adjusts torque to slow down efficiently and with stability.
These added safety features, plus the low cost and impressive fuel economy make the Nissan Rogue a steal when it comes to AWD vehicles.