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

Lexus sells five sedans, and three of them are available with AWD, the ES and HS being the only models unable to be paired with the feature. Unlike last year, Lexus now offers its IS350 sedan with AWD, along with its IS250 sedan. As expected its IS convertibles aren't available with AWD, and, sadly, the high-power IS F remains RWD only. The midsize GS sedan come with the choice between three powertrain options, hybrid, V-8 and V-6, the latter being the only available with AWD. Lexus' full-size LS model is available with AWD on both its standard and long wheel base models powered by a standard gasoline engine, but AWD is standard on the Hybrid LS600h L.

IS250/IS350 AWD
Price: $36,650/$41,905
AWD cost: $2460 both
City/Hwy mpg: 20/27, 18/25 (IS250/IS350)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/3 mpg hwy, 2 mpg city and hwy (IS250, IS350)

Price: $48,825
AWD cost: $1950
City/Hwy MPG: 18/25 mpg
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city and hwy

LS460/LS460L AWD
Price: $68,560/$74,105
AWD cost: $2305 both
City/Hwy MPG: 16/23 both
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy both

Price: $109,675
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 19/23
AWD penalty: N/A

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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