Winter Car Buyer’s Guide: AWD Without an SUV or Truck

It looked likely that Buick was going to add a second all-wheel-drive car to its lineup later this year with the announcement that the Regal GS is going into production. However, the production car loses its all-wheel-drive setup in favor of General Motors' High-Performance struts, thus Buick carries on with one all-wheel-drive car in its lineup, the LaCrosse. Interestingly, the all-wheel-drive model isn't the top-of-the-line LaCrosse, but rather the mid-model as the highest trim level, CXS, is front-wheel-drive only.

LaCrosse CXL AWD
Base Price: $33,820
AWD cost: $2005 (vs. CXL 3.6 FWD)
City/hwy mpg: 16/26
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city and hwy

And, what about the Nissan Juke? I drove the AWD version. Neat little car, albeit a little quirky looking.
Phil Floraday moderator
Suzuki specifically calls the SX4 a crossover when it has awd. But we think it's a cool little vehicle.
What about the suzuki sx4?

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