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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.

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