List of All-Wheel Drive Vehiclesby Christina Dillon
All-wheel drive, or AWD, cars have a notable advantage over other types of vehicles when it comes to winter driving. All-wheel drive is four-wheel-drive system in which all wheels accept torque from the vehicle’s engine concurrently, employing a device that allows each tire to move at a different speed. An all-wheel drive vehicle is a prudent choice for those who are faced with slick roads and slushy driveways.
Subaru Impreza 2.5i
This AWD vehicle is top in its class for roominess, practicality, stability and value. It is available in a 5-door hatchback or a 4-door sedan, both versions upgradable to a turbocharged 265 horsepower engine. According to Cars.com, this car has decent power, handling and ride quality, but it has a small trunk and “so-so” gas mileage. The Impreza offers an array of safety features, such as side-impact airbags, daytime running lights and antilock brakes with brake-force distribution.
Ford Fusion V6 SE
According to MSN, the all-wheel drive version of the Ford Fusion is a best-kept secret among midsize sedans. It is built on the same solid platform as the last-generation Mazda6, but it has the added bonus of all-wheel drive. With its quadruple windshield washer nozzles, this sedan is equipped to handle the rough weather from all angles. The Ford Fusion is powered by a V6 engine that is controlled by a quality six-speed automatic gearbox.
This all-wheel drive standard vehicle underwent a complete redesign in 2010, allowing for a larger, restyled interior. With this new model, the electronic stability system is standard, and you have your choice of manual or automatic transmission. The sporty XT trim is no longer an option. If you're looking for more power, upgrade to the 2.5XT Limited, with its 243-horsepower turbocharged engine. The Outback is an AWD classic, on the market for more than 15 years. It offers another choice for those looking to an SUV alternative.
Toyota Sienna LE AWD
The Toyota Sienna LE is one of the few minivans that offer an all-wheel drive option. This is an optimal choice if you have to transport many people through inclement driving conditions. It can comfortably seat seven people with cargo room to spare. If you need more storage space, flip the third row of seating flush into the cargo-bay floor. This AWD minivan comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 5-speed automatic transmission, taking you from 0 to 60 mph in under eight seconds.
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