10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000

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10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles Under $25,000

Do you live where it snows, or go there often? Do you like to venture off paved roads? If you're nodding your head and you like being smart with your new-car dollar, this is the collection of vehicles for you. All-wheel drive even has its advantages on dry city streets, so no matter your locale or lifestyle you might find your next car or SUV right here on this list. Each of the following vehicles is available with all-wheel drive for less than $25,000, according to Kelley Blue Book Fair Market Range as of February 2017.

While the 2016 Mazda CX-5 pictured here is arguably the best-looking and most fun-to-drive vehicle in its class (and on this list), there's a new model heading our way for 2017 that's even better looking. So either wait for the new model, or go get yourself a really good deal on this outgoing version.

Our Small SUV Best Buy of 2017 combines a bold new look with a smart interior, impressive technologies and the best warranty of any vehicle on this list: 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

A perennial award winner regarded by many as the best compact SUV money can buy, the Honda CR-V has been made even better by a complete redesign for the 2017 model year. 

Following in the tracks of the Audi Allroad and Subaru Outback, Volkswagen’s new-for-2017 Golf Alltrack is essentially a higher-riding, heavier-clad, all-wheel-drive version of the fun and functional Golf Sportwagen. If you love practicality but find wagons too European and SUVs too American, Volkswagen has mixed a concoction just for you.

There’s a brand new Crosstrek on the way for 2018, but the outgoing 2017 model maintains a place on this list thanks to its unique mix of compact size, hatchback versatilty and capable all-wheel-drive system.

Available with all-wheel drive for less than $20,000, the smallest vehicle on this list is also the most affordable. And while it isn’t nearly as capable off-road as its Jeep Wrangler big brother, the Renegade is more civil, more efficient and still pretty fun.

Totally redesigned for 2017, the Subaru Impreza remains the go-anywhere, do-anything champion of the compact car segment. It just goes and does all those things with more refinement now.

The only midsize sedan with standard all-wheel drive is the only midsize sedan on this list. The roomy, comfortable and efficient Legacy has evolved into a viable alternative to midsize mainstays like Accord and Camry, while maintaining its uniquely Subaru persona and superior all-weather capability.

Small SUVs are all the rage with car buyers today, and the Subaru Forester is one of the vehicles that helped establish the segment and create the craze. Like every other Subaru on this list, the Forester features Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system as standard equipment, qualifying it as one of the most capable entries in its class. 

More than just number one on this list, the Subaru Outback is one of the most well-rounded vehicles on the road. Offering the smart value of a mainstream midsize car, the ride height and cargo versatility of an SUV, and the go-anywhere abilities of Subaru's symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, Subaru's half-wagon/half-SUV is all the car many buyers would ever need.

 

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