Confidence in all terrains.

Best AWD Cars | CarMax

You might not seek out off-road routes, but no matter where you go, you'll experience a variety of road and weather conditions. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) car is the smart choice if you're looking for a vehicle that's designed to give you more confidence when traveling on slippery, icy, and uneven roadways.

If you're in the market for an AWD car, this updated list is a fantastic place to start. Whether you're looking for a luxury sedan, SUV, or muscle car, we've got something for you here. To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best AWD cars, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from November 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.

  1. Dodge Charger
  2. Fiat 500X
  3. Ford Taurus
  4. Hyundai Genesis
  5. Subaru XV Crosstrek
  6. Lincoln MKZ
  7. Ford Fusion
  8. Subaru Legacy
  9. Subaru Impreza
  10. Subaru Outback


Dodge Charger

Best AWD Cars: Dodge Charger | CarMax

The Dodge Charger is a great choice if you have a real need for speed. The 2018 Dodge Charger comes standard with a robust Pentastar V6 engine across all trims, except for the Hellcat, which has a growling V8 instead. Brains meet brawn in this muscle car camouflaged as a four-door sedan, and the Charger GT and GT Plus come standard with AWD on 2018 models.

This is the vehicle for you if you need some extra space but you still want to feel the thrill of raw power under the hood; with AWD complementing this ride, you'll look forward to every drive.

2018-to-present models feature:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Rearview camera
  • Electronic stability control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Hill-start assist


Fiat 500X

Best AWD Cars: Fiat 500x | CarMax

The 1.3L turbo engine in the 2019 Fiat 500X is small but mighty, propelling this zippy AWD compact sedan with plenty of power. The 2015–2019 Fiat 500X has a myriad of technology features, including:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Auto high beams
  • Forward collision mitigation
  • Lane departure warning systems
  • Rain-sensing wipers

AWD is available as an option on all trims except the base Pop. You'll also enjoy vibrant exterior paint colors in the 2015-2019 models like Rosso Passione (Red Hypnotique Clear Coat), Vibrante Green Metallic, and Blue Sky Metallic.


Ford Taurus

Best AWD Cars: Ford Taurus | CarMax

There is a reason that the Ford Taurus has been a company fleet mainstay for many years. AWD is optional on the SEL and Limited Trims for the 2018 Ford Taurus. Professional and steady, a Ford Taurus with AWD is sure to meet your needs from coast to coast.

At the top of the line, the SHO (which stands for Super High Output) trim includes:

  • Turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 with all-wheel drive
  • Sport-calibrated steering
  • High-performance front brake pads
  • Enhanced sport-tuned suspension


Hyundai Genesis

Best AWD Cars: Hyundai Genesis | CarMax

The 2017–2019 Hyundai Genesis has stirred up a buzzstorm of interest, generating praise from automotive journalists across the industry. A Genesis G70 is standard with FWD, with AWD available on all trims. Head-turning presence is the Genesis G70 's hallmark, and the AWD underpinning is a lovely bonus to a complete package on wheels. You'll be proud to pick up your friends on the way downtown for an event, and you'll know that your Genesis is way more than just a handsome face.

The base G70 (2017 models and onward) includes a 2.0L turbo generating 255 hp, and for even more power, a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 with 365 hp is the next step up.

This beautiful and distinctive sedan also includes a generous number of standard features, including:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
  • Heated front seats
  • Bluetooth® connectivity


Subaru XV Crosstrek

Best AWD Cars: Subaru XV Crosstrek | CarMax

Subaru is serious about its commitment to AWD with many models featuring this as standard, including its rugged 2018 Subaru Crosstrek. In 2018, the chassis was upgraded, which carries over to the 2019 model as well. You'll enjoy standard AWD, strong off-road capabilities, comfortable interior, and the same 2.0L four-cylinder engine generating 152 hp.

Standard features for 2018-and-onward models include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 60/40-folding backseat
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display
  • Rearview camera

If you live an active life and tend to cart around a yoga mat, bicycle, or other sports equipment, the Crosstrek could very well be a perfect match. Manual-transmission enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover their preference comes standard, while everyone else can enjoy the optional CVT automatic transmission.

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Lincoln MKZ

Best AWD Cars: Lincoln MKZ | CarMax

Ah, Lincoln. When you think of luxury cars, surely a sleek and feature-rich Lincoln MKZ comes to mind, and a 2018 model is a great option for those seeking an AWD sedan. With four trims and eight configurations available, you can choose an AWD model from Lincoln's 2018 MKZ line. You'll also enjoy standard features such as:

  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rearview camera

An elegant ride plus AWD plus lots of configurable choices? Yes, please.


Ford Fusion

Best AWD Cars: Ford Fusion | CarMax

Both the 2017 and 2018 Ford Fusion are identically outfitted with four trim levels: the base S, SE, Titanium, V6 Sport, and Platinum. If you're in the market for an AWD option, choose the 2.0L four-cylinder engine or the turbo V6 on the Sport model for an excellent combination of power plus capable handling. Ford's Sync 3® infotainment system, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, is available and includes a second USB port, which will make all of your device-loving passengers happy.

The rear seats of the Fusion fold down, offering you plenty of room to stow a guitar, a pair of skis, multiple boxes for transport, and more. This attractive, comfortable ride has a lot to offer.


Subaru Legacy

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Legacy | CarMax

In 2018, the AWD-standard Subaru Legacy included an upgraded touchscreen infotainment display in an ample 6.5-inch size as well as standard smartphone integration. Subaru intentionally smoothed out interior noise from previous models and improved acceleration with an updated engine control unit. Two engines and five trim levels are available on the 2018 model, including the base 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited. Legacy 2.5i models have a 175-hp 2.5L engine and the 3.6R contains a 256-hp 3.6L engine. Standard features in the 2018 model include:

  • Eight exterior paint colors
  • Remote trunk release
  • Back-up camera
  • Smart device integration
  • Dual zone A/C


Subaru Impreza

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Impreza | CarMax

You might notice this is becoming a trend, with the Subaru brand taking three of the top-ten spots in our lineup so far, with one more to come. For model years 2017 through 2019, the Subaru Impreza is available as a hatchback, which may be a compelling reason to buy for those who need more cargo space as well as AWD, which is included in all four trim levels. If you're a pet owner, the Impreza is a good match for you and your furry friends. Standard features in the 2019 Impreza include:

  • 152-hp direct-injection Subaru Boxer® engine
  • Rearview camera
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto app integration
  • Voice-activated navigation system
  • Eight-inch touchscreen

Subaru's EyeSight® technology package is also an available option in the 2019 Impreza, including adaptive cruise control and other helpful driver-assist features. The sporty drive of an Impreza compares to its taller sibling, the Subaru Crosstrek, but it's lower to the ground, giving it more of a sedan feel than a crossover.


Subaru Outback

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Outback | CarMax

At the top of the list is the Subaru Outback. It is, of course, standard with AWD like the other Subarus on our list. What makes a 2019 Subaru Outback special is a number of things: first, Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist suite is now standard across the board. Second, manual transmission is available if you prefer, with a 2.5L engine that moves the vehicle with enthusiasm. Part of the fifth generation starting in 2015, the 2019 Subaru Outback includes as standard:

  • Fold-away roof rails
  • Hill-descent controls
  • Rearview camera

This vehicle provides all the bells and whistles you need for your off- and on-road explorations with a healthy dose of fun.

No matter where you're going or in what conditions, an AWD car is an excellent. From the muscular Dodge Charger to the mountain-goat-capable Subaru Outback, there is something for every driver on this list.

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