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Seven Cheapest AWD Vehicles

By on December 2, 2014

#4 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Along with being notoriously more expensive, AWD vehicles are also often less fun to drive than competing 2WD models.

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is an exception.

This compact crossover’s superb handling makes it stand out against competing AWD models. While it is not powered by an exceptionally large engine, it is fun to drive. Its 2.0-liter engine yields only 148 hp but that will probably be plenty to get help you navigate tricky terrain.

Symettrical all-wheel drive stabilizes the car and efficiently distributes power for maximum traction — which translates to improved handling, efficiency and quicker response to road conditions.

Power, Cost, Efficiency:

  • MSRP: From $21,995
  • MPG: 25 city/ 33 highway
  • Horsepower: 148 HP
  • Engine: 2.0 L

#3 Kia Sportage

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Power, Cost, Efficiency:

  • MSRP: From $21,750
  • MPG: 21 city/ 28 highway
  • Horsepower: 180 HP
  • Engine: 2.0 L

Backed by Kia’s Dynamaz AWD system, the Kia Sportage is a surprisingly impressive AWD option.

While other systems react to trecherous conditions after they occur, Kia’s intelligent all-wheel drive system monitors driving conditions and anticipates what wheels will need more power and traction.

Paired with added safety features like skid control, this vehicle is ready to take on hazardous driving conditions.

Starting at $22,000 with a 21 city/28 highway fuel economy, this crossover is reasonably priced and efficient.

2 Comments

  1. Vharles Marcks

    December 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve owned a new Dodge Charger R/T. Since I was born in the late 1950’s I’ve had plenty of opportunity to drive many, many Makes and models. The new Charger is 1.5 years old now, I’ve never had any repairs or defects to deal with. And it’s a beautiful high performance car, with fuel saver technology, that is in 1/8 of a second the motor will go from using all 8 cylinders to 4, that’s a big fuel saver, and it’s fine tuned so well you don’t feel the change from 8 to 4 or the opposite. My Charger comes with computer aided stability and traction control, it is positively the best handling car I’ve ever driven, with the traction control on it’s almost impossible to put it into any skid or slide. I can’t say enough about the handling and sheer power ! It has helped me avoid accidents, and it’s equipped with 2 front airbags as well as “curtain” type airbags built into the 4 doors. As I keep saying the handling gets an A+ ! Recently while driving thru a very wealthy part of town I was stopped at an intersection, a couple crossed the street in front of me, I heard the wife tell her husband, “Honey, look at that black car, it’s totally beautiful ! What kind of car is it?” I’ll admit I felt pretty good when I overheard her positive comments, especially in a neighborhood with a Lexus, Volvo, Porsche, etc. in every driveway !!! I hope she got a new Charger, especially an R/T . Gee what WOULD THE NEIGHBORS THINK if she fell in love with, and bought a lowly Dodge. LOL ! It get’s good reviews, even in the bigger automobile magazines. Trust me I carefully read all their “findings” and opinions, I strongly believe Car & Driver, Road & Track, and Consumer Reports, etc.,shamelessly make negative comments about American cars, especially one certain rag that has an editor/author who makes awful comments and untrue opinions about any vehicle branded Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep. He makes no effort to conceal his contempt for anything Chrysler. When I read an automotive magazine I’d really like to see real facts and make my own decisions about auto’s before I buy a new car, truly unbiased reviews are hard to find ! Yes, it’s true that Chrysler made some poor decisions and sold a few less than reliable auto’s back in the mid to late 1970’s and mid to late 1980’s (when all American auto makers were selling some real Lemons)). But times have changed and today Chrysler began producing some quality models at reasonable prices, and today they build some truly awesome cars and pick-up trucks. Obviously I love that Charger R/T (R/T = road and (race) track), and I’ve driven most models the big 3 had to offer. Dodge has made a stunning comeback with all it’s models, in my case a new Charger and a Dodge Dakota pick-up I bought new 10 years ago, with over 300,000 miles it runs and looks remarkably new, My wife now owns her 2nd Dodge mini van. I do own a Ford GT Convertible, with the optional 5 liter V-8, a 2001 model with only 39,000 miles on it. I enjoy it, but honestly the Charger will blow the doors off the Pony, I don’t have a lot of negative comments on the ‘Stang , except the fuel pump died a few months ago, and it is located inside the fuel tank, that was a costly repair ! That’s it folks, if you’re preparing to buy a new car soon, give our American auto makers a chance, they build much higher quality products now. Don’t forget to test drive a Charger or other Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicle. Incidentally, I don’t work for Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, nor do I have any relatives or friends working for them. It just wanted to give an accurate and fair opinion on the “new, quality” Chrysler products, since a small group of magazine editors, pseudo “experts” seem to needlessly slam Dodge, and other American makes & models, every time they can.

    • K.R.V.

      January 18, 2015 at 4:08 pm

      I could not agree with you more! I also have a 2014 Charger R/T buy mine is AWD! I also traded a 2003 Dakota for it with over 220K on that without many problems, and it also ran great, I love MOPAR products, and have had good luck and service in all I have owned over the years! My Charger is ALL black, with the AWD appearance package, meaning the grill and everything that would be chrome, is black! and I also get comments everywhere I go! As far as power goes? I love the look on the faces of those who try to leave me at the line! as while they are burning rubber, I am showing them my taillights! Then we get to the hyw. and the funny way folks in the left lane move over for me! I think they feel I am a cop? and not one has pulled out on me yet! Have fun out there, and drive safe!

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