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Gain confidence with an AWD car.

Best AWD Cars | CarMax

If you're looking for a vehicle with the best year-round grip, you're likely looking for a car with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive cars make sure power gets to the wheel that needs it most, giving you confidence in the driver seat, even when the weather gets rough and the pavement ends.

When looking for an all-wheel drive car, you have plenty of choices. Maybe a new family SUV is on your list or perhaps you're on the lookout for a new commuter car, but no matter what you want to see parked in your driveway, AWD is a must-have feature, and that's where our list comes in.

To help you in your search, we've created a list of the 10 best AWD cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales data from August 1, 2019, to January 31, 2020.

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

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Fiat 500X

Best AWD Cars: Fiat 500x | CarMax

The compact city car bursting with personality, the 20172018 Fiat 500X is an AWD urban car that will get you where you need to go with style and confidence. It's just the right size to fit into tight city parking spaces while its AWD keeps you going steady rain or shine. Choose one of five different trim levels for 2017–2018 models and keep an eye out for AWD which is optional on every trim except the Pop trim. For 2019 models AWD comes standard.

The 20172018 Fiat 500x base Pop trim includes the following standard features:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bi-halogen projector headlights
  • 1.4L four-cylinder engine and six-speed manual transmission

The base trim for 2019 includes these features:

  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth®
  • Available BeatsAudio™ premium sound system
  • 1.3L turbocharged engine

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Ford Taurus

Best AWD Cars: Ford Taurus | CarMax

If you're looking for a comfortable commuter car or something with a bit of room for your family, the 2019 Ford Taurus with available AWD may be the sedan for you. And if more power is what you're after, keep an eye out for the SHO trim which features a 365-hp twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine and AWD. You'll also find AWD versions of the SEL and Limited trims as well as a practical 20.1 cubic feet of cargo space on all 2017–2019 models.

Standard features on 20172019 Ford Taurus models include:

  • 3.5L V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission
  • Bluetooth audio streaming and a four-inch touchscreen
  • Air conditioning
  • Power front seats
  • Dual exhaust with chrome tips

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Dodge Charger

Placing eighth on our list of cars with AWD is the Dodge Charger, and the moment you're in the driver seat you'll see why. With four doors and plenty of power, the Charger works hard to keep you driving even when the weather takes a turn. That's especially true of SE and SXT trims which both feature available AWD and are powered by a potent 3.6L V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission (2016–2019 models).

The 20172019 Dodge Charger SE has these standard features:

  • Bi-functional halogen projector headlights and LED accents
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and cruise control
  • Five-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth audio streaming
  • USB charge port
  • Power front seats

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Hyundai Genesis

With any of the vehicles in the Hyundai Genesis family, you can keep an eye out for available AWD. And if cross-stitched leather, heads-up display, and high-class luxury features are things you want to look forward to during your daily commute, this family of luxury sedans is an excellent choice. G90 and G80 sedans offer you full-sized luxury and AWD performance while the midsized G70 sedan gives you a sportier drive.

Depending on the model, you'll find these standard features from 2017 and newer:

  • Automatic high beams with high beam assist
  • 12-way power front seats
  • Kick-activated trunk
  • Heated front seats
  • Full suite of driver-assist features like lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alerts, and more

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Lincoln MKZ

Best AWD Cars: Lincoln MKZ | CarMax

Arrive in style even when the roads are less than cooperative thanks to the Lincoln MKZ's AWD. You can find the available AWD on any of the three Lincoln MKZ trims (2017–2019): Premier, Select, and Reserve. There's also a choice of two different engines, including the available 400-hp 3.0L V6, and up to 15.4 cubic feet of storage space for any additional luggage you might take with you.

Standard features on the 20172019 Lincoln MKZ are:

  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine making 245 hp
  • Power and heated front seats
  • Premium 11-speaker sound system
  • Adaptive HID headlights with LED accenting
  • Eight-inch touchscreen and two USB charge ports

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Subaru XV Crosstrek

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Crosstrek | CarMax

The Subaru XV Crosstrek is a fantastic choice if you're shopping for an AWD crossover. AWD comes standard on all models, so if it's what you're after, you don't have to let it limit your choice of trims and features. Subaru dropped the "XV" for 2018–2019 model years and improved engine power from 148 hp to 152 hp. If you're looking for something that fits your active lifestyle, the Subaru XV Crosstrek is ready to keep pace.

Standard features on the 2017 Subaru Crosstrek include:

  • Five-speed manual transmission
  • 6.2-inch touchscreen
  • Bluetooth streaming

The 20182019 Subaru Crosstrek models add:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • A six-speed manual transmission
  • A 6.5-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

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Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion offers you fashionable styling and functional space in a car that's just the right size for a comfortable commute. The Fusion is a midsized sedan with modern flair and five different trims meaning you'll be able to find one to suit your tastes. And as for AWD, it's available on SE and higher trims and comes standard on V6 Sport models, while all trims starting with the SE also boast an impressive available connectivity suite (2017–2019 models).

Standard features on all 20172019 Ford Fusions include:

  • 2.5L four-cylinder engine making 173 hp
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • 4.2-inch touchscreen with voice recognition
  • USB charge port
  • Four-speaker audio system

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Subaru Legacy

At number three on our list, the Subaru Legacy with Symmetrical AWD (all model years from 2014) might be the rugged midsize sedan for you. With up to 104.6 cubic feet of passenger space, there's plenty of room for you and four others; and the additional 15 cubic feet of cargo space ensures you can bring along belongings too. And with 2017 and newer Legacy models, you get to choose from a variety of modern features and driver assists across five different trims: the 2.5i, 2.5i Premium, 2.5i Sport, 2.5i Limited, and 3.6R Limited.

2017–2019 Subaru Legacy 2.5i models include as standard:

  • 175-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine
  • Manually-adjustable air conditioning
  • Projector-beam halogen headlights
  • High-resolution rearview camera
  • 6.2-inch touchscreen with integrated apps and Bluetooth streaming

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Subaru Impreza

If you're looking for a sporty AWD compact sedan or hatchback, the Subaru Impreza is a great choice. There are lots of modern tech and driver-assist features available across three trims, which are all powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine producing a peppy 152 horsepower (all model years). If you're looking for a car with a manual transmission, the AWD Subaru Impreza is a strong option.

Other standard features for 20172019 Subaru Impreza models include:

  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and cruise control
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 6.5-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth
  • Rearview camera
  • Air conditioning

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Subaru Outback

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Outback | CarMax

If you're looking for a capable wagon with equally capable AWD, the Subaru Outback might have a spot in your driveway. There are a whopping 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk of any 2017–2019 Outback and 108.1 cubic feet of passenger space as well. There are also six trims to choose from, each equipped with Subaru's driver-assist features and modern infotainment system. And best of all, AWD is standard on every trim.

Standard features on 20172019 Subaru Outbacks include:

  • 175-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine
  • Welcome lighting when approaching the vehicle
  • 6.2-inch touchscreen and four-speaker audio system with Bluetooth streaming
  • High-definition rearview camera
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats

If AWD is a must-have for your next car, our top 10 list for 2020 shoppers is a great place to start your search. Rain or shine, you'll appreciate the extra confidence behind the wheel that an AWD car can give you.

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