NEWS: AWD Vehicles - Winter Wondercars

February 3, 2010
You don't need a high-riding SUV or crossover to get the winter traction benefits of four-wheel drive. There are a myriad of sedans, wagons, coupes, and even convertibles that offer four-wheel drive (usually called all-wheel drive in passenger cars) either as standard or optional equipment. We've gathered up a complete list of AWD passenger cars; the list is long and the choices are many. Although the advantages of four driven wheels are obvious in slippery road conditions, the technology comes at a cost. There is usually a cost premium associated with all-wheel drive, and almost always a fuel economy penalty as well. So for each car listed, we've indicated the extra cost of the all-wheel-drive option, or the cost differential compared with the equivalent two-wheel-drive model, as well as its EPA gas mileage ratings, and the fuel economy penalty versus the two-wheel-drive version of the same car.
1001 19 Z+2010 Cadillac CTS+rear Three Quarter View
1001 01 Z+2010 Acura TL SH AWD+front Three Quarter View
Acura
Acura's top sedan, the RL, has always come standard with all-wheel drive. The TL gained an all-wheel-drive model with its 2009 redesign. The TL SH-AWD also has a larger, more powerful V-6 engine than the front-wheel-drive TL. The "SH" in TL SH-AWD stands for "Super Handling," which denotes Acura's torque-vectoring active rear differential technology. It can send engine torque not only to the front or rear wheels but also to one specific rear wheel or the other, which aids even dry-road cornering. The same system is on the RL as well.
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RL
Price: $47,640
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/22
AWD penalty: n/a
TL SH-AWD
Price: $39,465
AWD cost: $3550 (vs. TL)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy
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Audi
When you think of all-wheel-drive passenger cars, Audi is one of the brands that immediately comes to mind. Audi has been building all-wheel-drive cars since the 1980s, and today the technology is available in every Audi car line. Audi's Quattro system has evolved, and the latest version (in the A4, A5/S5, A6/S6, TT/TTS, and R8) attempts to imitate the feel of a rear-wheel-drive car by sending more power to the rear axle than the front. In models that offer a choice of powertrain, all-wheel drive usually comes standard with the more powerful engine and is optional with the lesser engine. The A4 Avant (wagon) comes only with the 2.0-liter four and all-wheel drive, and the sporty S4 is likewise AWD only. All-wheel drive is now standard on the TT/TTS coupe/roadster. In the A6 mid-size family, the base, 3.2-liter V-6 drives the front wheels, but the supercharged V-6, the V-8, and the V-10 (in the S6) all come standard with all-wheel drive. Both the six-cylinder A5 coupe and its V-8 counterpart (the S5) are all-wheel drive only, as is the A8. Finally, the R8 supercar comes standard with all-wheel drive.
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A3 2.0
Price: $31,325
AWD cost: $2100 (vs. 2.0 fwd)
City/Hwy MPG: 21/28
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city (vs. 2.0 fwd S-tronic)
A4 sedan
Price: $31,925-$42,725
AWD cost: $2100 (vs. 2.0 TFSI Premium fwd)
City/Hwy MPG: 21/27, 22/30 (2.0 auto, manual)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy
A4 Avant
Price: $35,825-$45,025
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 21/27
AWD penalty: n/a
S4
Price: $46,375-$53,875
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/27, 18/28 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: n/a
A5/S5
Price: $36,475-$52,875
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/27 (6-cyl auto); 21/27 (4-cyl auto); 14/22, 16/24 (S5 manual, auto)
AWD penalty: n/a
A6 3.0T/4.2
Price: $51,025-$59,875
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26, 16/23 (3.0T, 4.2)
AWD penalty: n/a
A6 Avant
Price: $57,185
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26
AWD penalty: n/a
S6
Price: $78,025
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 14/19
AWD penalty: n/a
A8
Price: $75,375
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/23 (A8, A8L)
AWD penalty: n/a
R8 4.2/5.2
Price: $117,295-$149,095
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 12/19, 13/18 (4.2 manual, R-Tronic); 12/20, 13/20 (5.2 manual, R-Tronic)
AWD penalty: n/a
TT coupe
Price: $38,275
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 21/29
AWD penalty: n/a
TT roadster
Price: $41,375
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 21/29
AWD penalty: n/a
TTS
Price: $46,375-$52,425
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 21/29
AWD penalty: n/a
1001 03 Z+2010 Buick Lacrosse+front Three Quarter View
Bentley
All three members of the Continental family, the Continental GT coupe, the GTC convertible, and the Flying Spur sedan, come with all-wheel drive. But with machines this fabulously expensive - the cheapest, the Flying Spur, starts at over $180,000 - you really might not want to take it out in the slush and salt.
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Continental GT
Price: $185,095
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 10/17
AWD penalty: n/a
Continental GTC
Price: $203,795
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 10/17
AWD penalty: n/a
Flying Spur
Price: $180,395-$204,795
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 10/17
AWD penalty: n/a
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BMW
BMW, more so than nearly any other brand, is committed to rear-wheel drive, but it does offer the option of all-wheel drive (denoted with the quirky "xDrive" suffix) fairly extensively throughout its 3-series, 5-series, and 7-series model lines. The 3-series offers it on coupe, sedan, and wagon, with either the standard six or the turbocharged engine. The upcharge is $2000 on the four-doors and wagon, $1900 on the coupe. You can get all-wheel-drive on the outgoing 528i or the 535i, for $2300; it's standard on the 535i wagon while they last. Although production has haulted for the current generation, dealerships may still have inventory. The new 5-series goes on sale in the fall. The 5-series GT model will offer all-wheel-drive variants of the 550i, 535i and 528i, also on sale this fall.
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328i xDrive coupe
Price: $38,975
AWD cost: $1900 (vs. 328i)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy
328i xDrive sedan/wagon
Price: $36,575-$39,125
AWD cost: $2000 (vs. 328i)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy (sedan); 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (wagon, manual); 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy (wagon, auto)
335i xDrive coupe
Price: $45,975
AWD cost: $1900 (vs. 335i)
City/Hwy MPG: 16/25, 17/25 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (manual); 1 mpg hwy (auto)
335i xDrive sedan
Price: $44,025
AWD cost: $2000 (vs. 335i)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25 (auto), 16/25 (manual)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy (auto); 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (manual)
528i xDrive sedan
Price: $49,125
AWD cost: $2300 (vs. 528i)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy (auto); 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy (manual)
535i xDrive sedan
Price: $54,425
AWD cost: $2300 (vs. 535i)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25 (auto), 16/25 (manual)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy (auto); 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (manual)
535i xDrive wagon
Price: $56,825
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/24 (auto), 16/23 (manual)
AWD penalty: n/a
750i xDrive sedan
Price: $87,175
AWD cost: $3300 (vs. 750i)
City/Hwy MPG: 14/20
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy
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Buick
Buick's history isn't exactly stuffed full of all-wheel-drive vehicles, but with the recent redesign of the LaCrosse, Buick added an AWD option. Opting for the CXL trim is the only way to get all-wheel-drive in a LaCrosse as the less expensive CX and more expensive CXS (with a 3.6L V-6) only come with front-wheel-drive.
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LaCrosse CXL
Price: $31,820
AWD cost: $2175 (vs. CXL FWD)
City/Hwy MPG: 16/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy
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Cadillac
In recent years, Cadillac has refashioned its cars and reworked its lineup to make itself a direct competitor to the German luxury makes. With regard to all-wheel drive, it has patterned its offerings after BMW. So Cadillac offers all-wheel drive with either engine on the CTS (Cadillac's 3-series competitor), although you lose the option of a manual transmission. On the STS (Caddy's 5-series rival), all-wheel drive is available with the V-6 or the V-8.
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CTS
Price: $38,365/$43,465 (3.0/3.6)
AWD cost: $3200/$1360 (vs. RWD 3.0/RWD 3.6)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26 (3.0); 18/27 (3.6)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy (3.0); none (3.6)
CTS Wagon
Price: $40,165/$45,265 (3.0/3.6)
AWD cost: $1900 both
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26 both
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy (3.0); none (3.6)
STS
Price: $49,140/$70,335 (V-6 AWD/V-8 Luxury Performance Package AWD)
AWD cost: $2295 (vs. V-6 RWD) / $1550 (vs. V-8 Luxury Performance Package)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/27 (V-6), 15/22 (V-8)
AWD penalty: none (V-6), 2 mpg hwy (V-8)
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Chrysler
Chrysler quietly dropped its all-wheel-drive option for the Sebring sedan back in 2009, but for 2010 the company still offers it for the rear-wheel-drive 300. It's available with the larger, 3.5-liter V-6 (in Touring or Limited trim) or the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.
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300
Price: $34,700/$38,980/$40,800 (Touring/Limited/300C)
AWD cost: $6690/$2305/$2040 (vs. RWD Touring/Limited/300C)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/23, 16/23 (V-6, V-8)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg hwy (all)
1001 08 Z+2010 Infiniti G37+front Three Quarter View
Dodge
As one might expect, Dodge's offerings mirror those of its sister brand, Chrysler. The Charger is the only sedan with an all-wheel-drive option. The Charger offers it with the larger, 3.5-liter V-6 and with the 5.7-liter V-8, each in two trim levels.
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Charger
Price: $30,240 (SXT); $32,755 (SXT H pkg); $34,220 (R/T); $35,690 (R/T P pkg)
AWD cost: $3340, $3410, $2100, $1475 (vs. RWD SXT, SXT H pkg, R/T, R/T P pkg)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/23 (SXT), 16/23 (R/T)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg hwy (all)
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Ford
Ford offers all-wheel drive in both of its mainstream sedans, the Fusion and the Taurus, but you don't hear much about it. That's surprising. In the case of the Fusion, for instance, the availability of four driven wheels is something that neither the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord, the Nissan Altima, nor the Chevy Malibu can boast. The Fusion offers all-wheel drive on its V-6 models only. The Taurus offers it on the two higher trim levels.
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Fusion Sport
Price: $28,355
AWD cost: $1850
City/Hwy MPG: 17/24
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy
Taurus
Price: $29,220/$33,620 (SEL/Limited)
AWD cost: $1850
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy
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Honda
Honda has many vehicles with all-wheel-drive, like Element, CR-V, Pilot, but they are mostly SUVs: While the Crosstour is more of a crossover, it offers more car-like comfort and driving dynamics.

Accord Crosstour
Price: 34,730 (EX-L)
AWD cost: $1450 (vs. EX)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy

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Infiniti
Infiniti makes all-wheel drive available on its G37 and M35/M45 models, and, like BMW, designates it with an "x". In 2009, the option was expanded to the G37 coupe as well as the sedan. In the G37, buying all-wheel drive also nets you heated seats and mirrors, but you can't get a manual transmission. Not much has changed for 2010.
1001 08 Z+2010 Infiniti G37+front Three Quarter View
G37x
Price: $40,015/$36,915 (coupe/sedan)
AWD cost: $1600/1650 (coupe/sedan vs. rwd G37 Journey)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy, 2 mpg hwy (all)
M35x/M45x
Price: $48,815/$55,515 (M35x/M45x)
AWD cost: $2150/$2500 (vs. M35/M45)
City/Hwy MPG: 16/22 (M35x), 14/20 (M45x)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy (M35x); 2 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (M45x)
1001 11 Z+2010 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost+rear Three Quarter View
Lamborghini
Lamborghini has offered all-wheel drive as far back as the Diablo days, to tame that wild beast's power oversteer. Today, both the Murcielago and the Gallardo, coupe and Spyder, come standard with the technology, but that doesn't exactly make them snow machines.
1001 09 Z+2010 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 4+front Three Quarter View
Gallardo
Price: $201,000
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 12/20 (manual), 14/20 (auto)
AWD penalty: n/a
Murcielago
Price: $354,000
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 8/13 (manual), 9/14 (auto), 9/13 (Spyder auto)
AWD penalty: n/a
1001 12 Z+2010 Mercedes Benz S550+front Three Quarter View
Lexus
Lexus makes all-wheel drive available on its IS, GS, and LS sedans. Taking the last first, all-wheel drive can be had on both the regular LS460 and the extended-wheelbase LS460L; it's standard on the LS600hL hybrid. Curiously, with the LS460, the AWD variants' 4.6-liter V-8 is down 23 hp compared to the same engine in the rear-wheel-drive models. In the GS series, only the six-cylinder GS350 offers it; the V-8 and hybrid versions do not. For the IS, all-wheel drive is available only on the smaller engine version, the IS250, and it can't be combined with a manual transmission.
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LS600hL
Price: $109,675
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 20/22
AWD penalty: n/a
LS460/LS460L
Price: $69,780/$75,325
AWD cost: $3525
City/Hwy MPG: 16/23
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy
GS350 AWD
Price: $48,425
AWD cost: $1950
City/Hwy MPG: 18/25 mpg
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy
IS250 AWD
Price: $36,650
AWD cost: $2460
City/Hwy mpg: 20/26
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy
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Lincoln
Both of Lincoln's front-wheel-drive sedans offer the option of all-wheel drive. The price difference is $1890 in the case of both the mid-size MKZ and the full-size MKS.
1001 11 Z+2010 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost+rear Three Quarter View
MKS
Price: $43,985
AWD cost: $1890
City/Hwy MPG: 16/23
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy
MKZ
Price: $36,940
AWD cost: $1890
City/Hwy MPG: 17/24
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy
1001 14 Z+2010 Nissan GT R+front Three Quarter View
Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz has been expanding the availability of its all-wheel-drive system, which it calls 4Matic. First offered only on the mid-size E-class, it has since spread to the compact C-class and the large S-class. Recently, the big CL coupe has added 4Matic, and it's standard equipment on the CL550. The S-class offers awd as an option with this same "550" engine (a 5.5-liter V-8), but as with the CL, the V-12 and AMG versions are rear-drive only. The E-class has the most extensive offerings, with 4Matic available in the sedan with either the V-8 (E550) or the gasoline V-6 (E350), but not the diesel engine or the AMG V-8. All E350 wagons have 4Matic, but the E63 AMG wagon is rear-wheel drive. Finally, the C-class sedan offers 4Matic with the smaller engine (C300) only.
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CL550
Price: $112,575
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 14/21
AWD penalty: n/a
S550 4Matic
Price: $96,475
AWD cost: $3000 (vs. S550)
City/Hwy MPG: 14/21
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy
E350/E550 4Matic sedan
Price: $51,975/$59,675 (E350/E550)
AWD cost: $2500 both (vs. E350/E550)
City/Hwy MPG: 16/24 (E350), 15/23 (E550)
AWD penalty: 3 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy (E350); 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (E550)
C300 4Matic
Price: $38,175/$38,295 (Lux/Sport)
AWD cost: $2000/$3500 (vs. C300 Lux/Sport)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy
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Mercury
Mercury's all-wheel-drive entry mirrors that of Ford's. The mid-size Milan offers all-wheel-drive on its V-6 models, just like its sister, the Ford Fusion.
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Milan
Price: $28,480 (V6 Premier)
AWD cost: $1850 (vs. fwd Milan)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy
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Mitsubishi
There are a couple clues that Mitsubishi's all-wheel-drive sedans are more rally-inspired racers than all-weather machines. First, there's the all-wheel-drive system itself, which takes a page from rallying with its driver selectable center differential that offers settings for tarmac, snow, and gravel. Then there are the cars on which it appears. Both are turbocharged, high-performance variants of the small Lancer four-door. The Evolution (or Evo) is a legendary hot-rod, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive in both trim levels, GSR and MR. The third offering, again with all-wheel drive standard, is the Lancer Ralliart, which is, in a way, the understudy to the Evo, with less power and a lesser price.
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Lancer Ralliart
Price: $27,435
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: n/a
Lancer Evolution
Price: $34,335/$39,735/$41,735 (GSR/MR/Touring)
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/22 (GSR); 17/22 (MR/Touring)
AWD penalty: n/a
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Nissan
Nissan has only one all-wheel-drive car offering: its ultimate sports car, the GT-R. Here, all-wheel drive helps put the GT-R's 480 horsepower to the pavement. The system prioritizes a sporty, rear-wheel-drive feel, however, with as much as 100 percent of the torque going to the rear wheels.
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GT-R
Price: $81,790/$84,040 (base/Premium Edition)
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/21
AWD penalty: n/a
1001 18 Z+2010 Toyota Matrix S+front Three Quarter View
Porsche
Porsche makes all-wheel-drive versions of its iconic 911 - but not its Boxster or Cayman - in a wide variety of the sports car's iterations. The mighty Turbo and the glass-roof Targa both include all-wheel drive as standard. The Carrera and wide-body Carrera S offer the choice of rear-wheel drive or four driven wheels - both in coupe and convertible body styles. Porsche's first-ever sedan, the Panamera, is available with all-wheel drive in base S trim; the Turbo comes only with awd.
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911 Carrera 4
Price: $85,050/$96,050 (coupe/Cabriolet)
AWD cost: $7000 (vs. Carrera)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26, 18/25 (auto, manual)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (auto)
911 Carrera 4S
Price: $96,050/$107,050 (coupe/Cabriolet)
AWD cost: $6300 (vs. Carrera S)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26, 18/25 (coupe - auto, manual); 18/27, 18/25 (Cabriolet - auto, manual)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy (coupe, auto); 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (Cabriolet, auto)
911 Targa
Price: $93,050/$104,050 (Targa 4/Targa 4S)
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/26, 18/25 (Targa 4- auto, manual); 18/27, 18/25 (Targa 4S - auto, manual)
AWD penalty: n/a
911 Turbo
Price: $133,750/$144,750 (coupe/Cabriolet)
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/24, 17/25 (coupe - manual, auto); 16/24, 16/24 (Cabriolet - manual, auto)
AWD penalty: n/a
Panamera 4S
Price: $94,750
AWD cost: $4000 (vs. Panamera S)
City/Hwy MPG: 16/24 (est.)
AWD penalty: none (est.)
Panamera Turbo
Price: $133,550
AWD cost: n/w
City/Hwy MPG: 15/23 (est.)
AWD penalty: n/a
1001 19 Z+2010 Cadillac CTS+rear Three Quarter View
Saab
Saab has been committed to front-wheel drive since the brand first started in Sweden. But last year, Saab finally added an all-wheel-drive option to a passenger car: the 9-3. Saab calls its all-wheel-drive system Cross Wheel Drive, because it can distribute engine power across the rear axle as well as to the front or rear wheels. In keeping with the Cross Wheel Drive name, Saab's uses XWD, rather than AWD, as its shorthand abbreviation. The XWD system is available with two different engines on the 9-3: a turbocharged four (the 2.0T) and a V-6 (the Aero). Each model comes as either a sedan or a wagon (SportCombi, in Saab-speak).
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9-3 2.0T XWD
Price: $36,395/$37,810 (sedan/SportCombi)
AWD cost: $6035/$6020 (vs 2.0T Comfort sedan/SportCombi)
City/Hwy MPG: 20/29, 17/27 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy (manual); 2 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (auto)
1001 01 Z+2010 Acura TL SH AWD+front Three Quarter View
Subaru
Subaru has been associated with all-wheel drive since the mid 1970s. Today, all-wheel drive is standard equipment on every Subaru.
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Impreza
Price: $18,190-$27,690
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 20/27 (base engine, manual), 20/26 (base engine, auto), 19/24 (turbo)
AWD penalty: n/a
Impreza WRX
Price: $25,690-$35,690
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 18/25 (WRX), 17/23 (WRX STI)
AWD penalty: n/a
Legacy
Price: $20,690-$28,690
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 22/29 (4-cyl.), 18/25 (6-cyl.)
AWD penalty: n/a
Outback
Price: $23,690-$31,690
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 19/27 (4-cyl.), 18/25 (6-cyl.)
AWD penalty: n/a
1001 03 Z+2010 Buick Lacrosse+front Three Quarter View
Suzuki
New for 2010, Suzuki's mid-size, front-wheel drive sedan is also available with all-wheel-drive.
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Kizashi
Price: $22,484/$23,484/$25,584/$27,484 (S, SE, GTS, SLS)
AWD cost: $1250 (all)
City/Hwy MPG: 23/30 (S); 22/29 (SE, GTS, SLS)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy (S); 1 mpg city, 1 mpg hwy (SE, GTS, SLS)
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Toyota
Despite its large number of models, Toyota offers all-wheel drive in only one passenger car, the Matrix. The compact hatchback pairs AWD with the larger, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic only.
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Matrix S AWD
Price: $22,490
AWD cost: $1340 (vs. Matrix S automatic)
City/Hwy MPG: 20/26
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy
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Volkswagen
Volkswagen used to offer all-wheel drive versions of the Passat sedan and wagon, but the company has trimmed the Passat model line, and all Passats are now front-wheel drive. The only VW with available all-wheel drive is the new CC sedan, which offers 4Motion (VW's term for four-wheel drive) with the VR6 engine.
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CC VR6 4Motion
Price: $40,420
AWD cost: $1100 (vs. VR6)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy
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Volvo
Volvo makes all-wheel drive available on every one of its passenger cars with the exception of the compact C30 hatchback. All of the company's sedans and wagons offer it; often it comes bundled with a larger or more powerful engine.
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S40 T5 AWD
Price: $32,200
AWD cost: $200 (vs. T5)
City/Hwy MPG: 20/27 (manual); 19/28 (auto)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy (auto); 1 mpg city, 2 mpg hwy (manual)
V50 T5 AWD
Price: $33,900
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 19/27 (auto); 20/26 (manual)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy (auto); 1 mpg city, 3 mpg hwy (manual)
S80
Price: $43,800/$51,800 (T6/V8)
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/24, 15/22 (T6, V8)
AWD penalty: n/a
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