The 3 Best Value Cars with AWD

December 12th, 2014 by


For those in northern states and areas such as New England, all-wheel drive is seen as a must-have feature to get around during harsh winter months. But as AWD is generally associated with more-expensive vehicles such as SUVs, how does someone on a budget find a good car for winter driving?

The following are the best value cars with all-wheel drive available at the best Buy Here Pay Here dealers in RI:

Subaru Impreza Sedan/5dr

There’s a reason the further north you go, the more Subarus you see. Starting around $18,500, the  five-speed manual version of the Subaru Impreza sedan is a bargain for those looking to survive icy roads each winter. A hatchback and CVT version can be had for around $20,000 if the base model doesn’t impress you.

Mitsubishi Lancer SE-AWC

With an asking price just above that of the Impreza, Mitsubishi’s Lancer SE-AWC doesn’t offer much more for the money; however, it does offer just as much. The same 2.0 liter, 148-hp engine means you’re not going any faster, and critics have been nagging Mitsubishi for years now about a Lancer redesign. Essentially, this is the car if you don’t want to blend in with the Subaru owners.

Jeep Compass Sport

When it comes to Jeep vehicles, the overall price has often squeezed out many potential buyers. But in recent years, the company has introduced cheaper 4×4 vehicles to draw in more business. The Compass Sport is a smaller, low-end Cherokee essentially, yet looks great and can be upgraded from the base $21,000 model to become an offroad beast.

Other, more expensive options include the questionably stylish Nissan Juke, Subaru Legacy, Subaru Forrester, and Nissan Rouge.