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

The 2011 model year marks 25 years of Mercedes-Benz offering its AWD system on its vehicles. Appropriately dubbed 4Matic, all the automaker's vehicles available with AWD are also paired with an automatic transmission. Mercedes offers AWD as an option on most of its passenger cars, but customers considering the German automaker's only wagon are forced into the driveline. We're not complaining one bit.

C300 4Matic
Price: $38,365/$38,775 (C300 Sport/Lux)
AWD cost: $3500/$2000 (vs. base C300 Sport/Lux)
City/Hwy MPG: 18/25 (C300 Sport and Lux)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy

Price: $112,575
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 14/21
AWD penalty: N/A

E350/E550 4Matic sedan
Price: $52,775/$60,475 (E350/E550)
AWD cost: $2500 both (vs. E350/E550)
City/Hwy MPG: 17/24 (E350), 15/23 (E550)
AWD penalty: None (E350/E550)

E350 4Matic Wagon
Price: $57,075
AWD cost: standard
City/Hwy MPG: 16/23
AWD penalty: N/A

S550 4Matic
Price: $97,875
AWD cost: $3000 (vs. S550)
City/Hwy MPG: 14/21
AWD penalty: no penalty

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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