Obvious benefits offered by the all-wheel drive and customers interest in this technology have motivated automakers to introduce the feature not only to off-road and performance-oriented models, but also to more affordable everyday commuters. Today we would like to tackle the topic of the newest All-wheel drive vehicles that fall under a moderate budget within both crossover and mid-size car segments.
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#1 2020 Mazda CX-30
With the departure of CX-3, the all-new compact crossover Mazda CX-30 becomes the entry level model and unlike the former it has no shared components with the Mercedes GLA. Instead, the newcomer sources its platform from the Mazda 3 hatch.
#2 2021 Kia Optima AWD
Unlike its platform sibling, Hyundai Sonata, the Optima seems to be arriving to the global market being offered with an all-wheel drive right away. Also known as the K5 in Korea, the newcomer is arguably the best looking Kia of today.
#3 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross
Following the introduction of the fourth generation Yaris 5-door hatchback that rides on an all-new Toyota Global Architecture B-class platform. The Yaris Cross, is the first Yaris to feature the optional electric intelligent all-wheel drive, which engages automatically.
#4 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer occupies the entry-level position in the Chevrolet crossover range and offers bold, contemporary styling paired with lots of tech features. AWD is an optional extra, but it is available even in the LS model, which is the second in the Trailblazer’s trims hierarchy.
#5 2020 Toyota Camry
In 2020, the latest generation Toyota Camry arrives with an optional AWD system, which has been absent from the range since 1991. It is available as a standalone feature on the LE, SE, XLE, XSE, and Nightshade models. Plus, if you choose the LE or the SE trim, you can also pair it with a new Cold Weather package with heated seats, steering wheel and mirrors while staying below the $30k pricetag.
#6 2021 Kia Seltos
2021 Kia Seltos is offered in 4 trim levels and 2 engine options. . The AWD system is standard on all trims, except for the mid S, which comes with a FWD.
#7 2020 Honda CR-V
Though the compact CR-V crossover is still rather fresh, after entering its 5th generation in 2017, Honda decided to bolster the appeal of its best-seller by giving it a mid-cycle refresh. The 2020 CR-V receives a revised front fascia, Honda Sensing tech, and a 1.5L turbo 4-cyl that is now standard across all trim levels. In addition, from 2020, the CR-V is available with a hybrid drivetrain, delivering 212 horsepower.
#8 2020 Subaru Outback
2020 Subaru Outback is offered in 7 trim levels, but if your budget in below 30k, your options will be limited to the base and Premium models. Both feature 2.5L NA I4, Lineartronic CVT, symmetrical AWD, and come equipped with EyeSight driver assist tech and Subaru Starlink Multimedia.
#9 2022 Chevrolet Equinox
Originally planned to go on sale by the end of 2020, the refreshed Chevrolet Equinox has been now postponed, and it will debut as a 2022 model. As before, buyers will be able to choose between 2 powertrain options, paired to a FWD or an AWD. The pricing has not been announced yet, but expect pay around $28,000 for the AWD-equipped Equinox in the mid, LS trim.