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Infiniti
Like Cadillac, Infiniti is working to expand its lineup to truly go toe-to-toe with the Germans -- specifically BMW. It introduced a number of new models, including the M37, M56, and G25, all of which are available with all-wheel-drive. Infinti's G37 coupe and sedan are still offered with all-wheel-drive as well, although with all G models, buyers have to spring for the uplevel Journey trim to get AWD. This adds dual-zone climate control, heated sideview mirrors, heated front seats, an eight-way power passenger seat, Bluetooth, and a rearview camera. It's also of note that the only transmission available with AWD G models is Infiniti's seven-speed automatic.

G25x Sedan
Base price: $34,825
AWD cost: $1600 (vs. G25 Journey)
City/hwy mpg: 19/27
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/2 mpg hwy

G37x Sedan
Base price: $37,525
AWD cost: $1600 (vs. G37 Journey)
City/hwy mpg: 18/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/2 mpg hwy

G37x Coupe
Base price: $40,025
AWD cost: $1650 (vs. G37 Journey Coupe)
City/hwy mpg: 18/25
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/2 mpg hwy

M37x
Base price: $49,525
AWD cost: $2150
City/hwy mpg: 17/24
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/2 mpg hwy

M56x
Base price: $61,275
AWD cost: $2500
City/hwy mpg: 16/23
AWD penalty: 2 mpg hwy

gdoug
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.
robbase29a
What about the suzuki sx4?

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