Ready for an off-road adventure?
All-wheel-drive cars are increasingly popular options for those looking for an extra peace of mind in tough road conditions. If you enjoy the occasional off-roading adventure, an all-wheel-drive vehicle can offer the added control and power that's needed behind the wheel. Specifically, AWD cars are able to provide improved control by automatically transferring power from the vehicle's front, center, and rear differentials as needed.
If you've been considering an all-wheel-drive car for your next vehicle pick, you have no shortage of options. From sporty and rugged designs to sleek and luxurious, it's all about what will best suit your needs. Our list of best AWD cars of 2019 is a great place to begin your search and is based on CarMax sales data ranging from June 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018.
Available in a whopping choice of 10 trim options, the 2018 Dodge Charger is a great choice for those who want an AWD car that doesn't skimp on power or style. Drivers will love the sleek design and the powerful V6 engine that comes across all trims (aside from the Hellcat, which is equipped with an even more robust V8). All of the GT trims come with all-wheel drive, while other standard features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker sound system, and rearview camera with rear parking sensors.
Those in the market for a practical vehicle option should check out the 2018 Ford Taurus, which comes with four trim options, with the top-of-the-line SHO trim coming standard with all-wheel drive. This trim also boasts some excellent features, including a turbocharged V6 engine, large 20-inch wheels, and dual exhaust tips.
Another sporty vehicle option to consider is the 2018 Mini Cooper Countryman, which is available in four trim options that differ only in their engine offerings. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive but can be upgraded to all-wheel drive. Upgrading to all-wheel drive also means getting heated front seats as an added bonus. Standard features across all trims include a panoramic sunroof, rearview camera with parking sensors, keyless entry/ignition, and 17-inch wheels with summer performance tires.
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ is an excellent choice for discerning drivers, offering some luxurious features that really stand out. Four trim options are available, with all-wheel drive an option across all of them. Other standard features include a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, rearview camera, 8-inch touchscreen display, and smartphone integration. Simulated leather upholstery and heated front seats also come standard on the 2018 MKZ.
Hyundai is also throwing its hat into the luxury ring with the 2018 Genesis, which includes plenty of generous features even in its base 3.8 trim. This includes a rearview camera, heated mirrors, dual-zone climate control, and an automatic/hands-free trunk lid. All-wheel drive is available as an upgrade across all three trim levels. The main differences between trims on the 2018 Genesis is the powertrain, with the standard being a 3.8-liter V6 at 311 horsepower.
Carrying over from the 2017 model year completely unchanged, the 2018 Ford Fusion remains a popular choice for best AWD cars—and for good reason. For starters, it is available in a wide range of trim options, including the base S, SE, Titanium, Platinum, and V6 Sport. Getting all-wheel drive will mean upgrading to the 2.0-liter engine, where it is available as an option. Other standard features include audio/phone voice commands, a rearview camera, smartphone integration, and 16-inch wheels.
If you're in the market for a rugged vehicle that comes standard with all-wheel drive, the 2018 Subaru Crosstrek is a great choice. Available in three trim levels, even its base 2.0i trim comes standard with such features as smartphone integration, a rearview camera, and a 6.5-inch touchscreen display. Drivers will also enjoy the upgraded chassis for the 2018 model year, as well as a more powerful 152-horsepower engine.
Like the SV Crosstrek, the 2018 Subaru Legacy also comes standard with all-wheel drive. This midsize sedan is an excellent choice for growing families, and for the 2018 model year it receives an upgraded touchscreen display and more powerful air conditioning for a more comfortable ride. It is available in five trim levels, with standard features across all trims including a rearview camera, four-speaker sound system, and HD/satellite radio.
The 2018 Subaru Impreza, like other cars offered by Subaru, comes standard with all-wheel drive. It is also available in a hatchback body style, which may be a compelling choice for those with more rear cargo storage needs. The 2018 Impreza is available in four trim options, including the base 2.0i, the Premium, Sport, and Limited. This vehicle offers a smooth and quiet ride, as well as a spacious interior with ample seating and storage.
Topping our list of best AWD cars is the 2018 Subaru Outback, which again comes standard with all-wheel drive as well as such features as roof rails, Bluetooth® connectivity, a rearview camera, and hill-descent control. It also comes with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine that packs plenty of power and ruggedness for those who want to travel off the beaten path with confidence. Drivers and passengers alike will also enjoy the ample cargo space, especially with the rear seats folded.
When you're looking for a vehicle that's rugged enough to take on tough terrain, an all-wheel-drive car is a great choice. Whether you're in the market for something sleek and sporty (like the Dodge Charger) or something a little more practical (such as the Ford Taurus), you're sure to find some options worth exploring on our list of best AWD cars.
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