Types of Cars With All Wheel Drive

by Christina Whitaker
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All wheel drive is a useful feature for vehicles that require additional tire traction in icy or wet weather conditions. Sometimes referred to as four wheel drive, all wheel drive allows tires to spin at different speeds. Many types of vehicles come equipped with all wheel drive, including sedans, minivans, sport utility vehicles and sports cars.


Sedans are four-door vehicles that typically seat four to five passengers. Subaru and Ford both produce moderately-priced all wheel drive sedans. Determining which all wheel drive sedan is best for you may depend on interior size and overall design. You may also consider engine type, as some all wheel drive sedans come with a four-cyclinder engine--saving on gas and price--while others only come with six-cylinder engines.


Minivans offer transportation options for those who must carry more than five passengers. However, only Toyota continues to produce a minivan with all wheel drive, the Sienna. The Sienna comes equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 engine. Other minivans with all wheel drive, all manufactured before 2007, are available on the used car market.


Those seeking an all wheel drive sports utility vehicle will have a large selection to choose from, with brands ranging from Dodge to Lexus offering all wheel drive options on most of their SUVs. If you're in the market for a winter-capable SUV, search for features that include heated mirrors and seats, as well as fuel efficiency.

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