Peace of mind in all types of weather conditions.

Best AWD Cars | CarMax

No matter what you do or where you drive, there's always the chance of less than desirable weather. Rain, ice, snow, wind, and uneven road conditions can leave you wishing for more traction while you're behind the wheel. That is exactly what all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems are designed to do—send power to all four wheels to give you the confidence and traction you need.

If you're in the market for an AWD car, this updated list is a great place to start. Whether you're looking for a luxury sedan, SUV, or muscle car, there's something for everyone on this list. To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best AWD cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle sales data from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019.

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


Dodge Charger

Best AWD Cars: Dodge Charger | CarMax

The Dodge Charger is for shoppers who like the practicality of a large sedan with the muscle-car stylings Dodge is known for. Add available AWD and the Charger becomes a spacious muscle car with power going to all four wheels. Be careful if you're on the lookout for a Charger that offers all-wheel drive because not all do—and none of the V8 engine options provide all-wheel control. From 2017 to 2019, all-wheel drive is available on the following:

As for standard equipment on 2017–2019 models, features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Keyless start
  • Power driver seat
  • Rearview camera


Ford Taurus

Best AWD Cars: Ford Taurus | CarMax

For more than 30 years the Ford Taurus has been part of the large-car landscape. Normally sporting front-wheel drive, the Taurus also offers AWD as standard on the SHO (Super High Output) sedan and optional on the Taurus SEL and Limited trims (2010–2019 models). Standard equipment from 2017 to 2019 includes:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Power adjustable front seats
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Bluetooth®
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (SEL trim)

The base model engine for the 2017–2019 Ford Taurus is a 3.5L V6 that makes 288 horsepower. For model year 2017, there's also a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower but is not available with all-wheel drive.


Fiat 500X

Best AWD Cars: Fiat 500x | CarMax

This mighty mite of a car is perfect for zippy urban driving. When weather conditions get slick, it's nice to know that all-wheel drive is available across the model range for the 2019 Fiat 500X. All three models, the Pop, the Trekking, and the Lounge, offer all-wheel drive as an option with the available 2.4L engine. The base model engine is a 1.4L turbo four-cylinder that makes 160 horsepower. Standard equipment on 2019 models includes:

  • Seven-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Front parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring

You'll also enjoy vibrant exterior paint colors on 2017–2019 models—colors like Blue Sky Metallic, Passione (Red Hypnotique Clear Coat), and Rosso Vibrante Green Metallic.


Lincoln MKZ

Best AWD Cars: Lincoln MKZ | CarMax

When you think of luxury cars, surely the sleek and feature-rich Lincoln MKZ comes to mind. Shoppers interested in all-wheel-drive models will want to know that this sporty luxury sedan offers all-wheel drive as an option across all three 2019 trims: the base model Standard, Reserve I, and Reserve II. The Black Label trim is no longer available, effective for the 2019 model year. Standard equipment on 2019 models includes:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • 10-way heated power front seats
  • Eight-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Bluetooth
  • Leather upholstery

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid models are front-wheel drive only.


Hyundai Genesis

Best AWD Cars: Hyundai Genesis | CarMax

The 2017–2019 Hyundai Genesis has stirred up significant interest, and for good reason—beautifully-designed with ample features, the Genesis has all-wheel drive available across all trims and for most powertrains, whether it's the G70 sports sedan, G80 midsize, or G90 full-size sedan. You'll be proud knowing that your Genesis is much more than just a beautiful car—especially when the weather turns or the terrain changes. Standard features across the 2017–2019 range include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Eight-inch touchscreen
  • Rearview camera
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Four drive modes
  • Paddle shifters
  • Wood interior trim

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Subaru XV Crosstrek

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Crosstrek | CarMax

Subaru is serious about its commitment to all-wheel drive. So much so that all models (except for the Subaru BRZ roadster) come standard with Symmetrical AWD. This includes the popular and rugged Subaru XV Crosstrek. Redesigned in 2018, the Crosstrek is sold in three trims—Base, Premium, and Limited. All come with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 152 horsepower and 145 lb.-ft. of torque. Standard features on models from 2018 onward include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Cloth seat upholstery
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth
  • Rearview camera

Stick-shift enthusiasts will like that the base model across all years offers a five-speed transmission, while everyone else can enjoy the optional CVT transmission.


Ford Fusion

Best AWD Cars: Ford Fusion | CarMax

Carefully refreshed for the 2019 model year, the Ford Fusion is fun to drive, handsome to look at, and exceptionally well equipped. In fact, the 2017–2019 Ford Fusion also offers car buyers all-wheel drive as an option to its typical front-wheel-drive layout. The only exception is the 2019 Ford Fusion Sport model, which comes with all-wheel drive as standard. Equipment and features on 2019 models include:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rearview camera
  • Push-button start
  • Bluetooth


Subaru Legacy

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Legacy | CarMax

Most Subarus come standard with all-wheel drive, including the Legacy. This handsome and sleek midsize sedan was last redesigned for the 2015 model year and comes in four trims: Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited trim levels. The base engine is a 2.5L four-cylinder making 175 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque (2015–2019 models). Also available with the Limited is a 3.6L six-cylinder engine that makes 256 horsepower. Standard equipment for 2015 onward includes:

  • 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Lane-change assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Dual-zone air conditioning


Subaru Impreza

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Impreza | CarMax

The Subaru Impreza is a great choice for AWD shoppers—one big reason is the Symmetrical AWD layout of every Impreza sold. Indeed, it covers every trim level for model years 2017 to 2019: Base, Premium, Sport, and Limited. All come with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at 152 horsepower. The base model also comes standard with a five-speed manual transmission. Standard sixth-generation (2015–2019) equipment includes:

  • 16-inch wheels
  • Rearview camera
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Subaru's EyeSight® technology package is also an available option on the 2019 Impreza, including adaptive cruise control and other helpful driver-assist features.


Subaru Outback

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Outback | CarMax

At the top of the list is the Subaru Outback with its famous blend of rugged looks, high ground clearance, and all-wheel drive for mild off-road adventures. This comfortable SUV is a versatile vehicle that offers shoppers a wide array of standard features across four trims, and fifth-generation (2015–2019) models are powered by either a 2.5L four-cylinder engine or optional 3.6L V6 engine in Limited and Touring trims. Standard 2015–2019 equipment includes:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • 6.5-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist suite
  • Hill-descent controls
  • Rearview camera

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

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