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10 Best All-Wheel Drive Vehicles Under $33,000

You don’t have to live in Nunavut or commute to a weekend ski resort to benefit from traction at all four wheels. All-wheel drive (AWD) is a safety feature that can be a welcome advantage in the event of a change in road conditions –whether expected or not. AWD adds that extra bit of confidence if things get snowy, there’s a patch of black ice on the highway or less-than-ideal terrain on your way to the cottage.

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As you can see in our 10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles listed alphabetically, there is a variety of easy-to-recommend models with Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices for less than $33,000 CDN (as of April 2020). Sure, there are a lot of Subarus on this list, but that is an automaker that prides itself on an extensive list of standard safety features, and all-wheel drive is one of those that every Subaru comes with (except for the rear-wheel drive BRZ). However, you can get AWD on more than just SUVs: there are hatchbacks and sedans you can choose from as well.

 

2020 Honda CR-V

One of the most popular compact SUVs on the market gets even better for 2020, with updates that include the addition of a gas-electric Hybrid model. The popular Honda offers utility, comfort and style in an affordable package. AWD versions of the CR-V start at $32,936 CDN.

 

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe compact SUV shows that getting a vehicle with a lot of value doesn’t mean compromising on quality. The Santa Fe offers modern tech, refined driving manners, and a spacious, elegant interior, all at a starting price of $31,249 CDN for AWD versions.

 

2020 Jeep Renegade

The subcompact Renegade SUV has rugged Jeep-inspired looks and more capability than you’d expect. It’s available with a choice of engines, including a new turbocharged mill. Pricing starts at a reasonable $31,240 CDN with AWD.

 

2020 Mazda Mazda3

Scoring significant points with its refinement, style and driving personality, the all-new for 2020 Mazda3 compact car is designed for fun. Opting for AWD makes it just as ready to face the elements. Choose the $27,881 CDN sedan version and you get AWD at a lower price thanMazda3 Sport hatchback for $28,881 CDN with more cargo space and versatility.

 

2020 Nissan Altima

Like the rival Subaru Legacy, the redesigned for 2019 Nissan Altima mid-size comes standard with AWD capability. Beyond the additional traction over previous front-wheel-drive versions, the latest Altima has sharp styling, a high-quality interior, and an impressive turbocharged 4-cylinder engine option. Pricing for the Altima starts at $28,098 CDN.

 

2020 Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru’s offering in the red-hot subcompact SUV segment is the versatile Crosstrek. Based on the company’s Impreza compact hatchback, the Crosstrek boasts easy maneuverability, excellent ground clearance, a generous cargo area and — of course — AWD. Prices start at $23,795 CDN.

 

2020 Subaru Forester

The 2020 Subaru Forester is more SUV-oriented than the Outback and was recently redesigned in alignment with its larger sibling It’s compact in size, but smart interior packaging makes the cabin feel roomy. The Forester’s starting price is $28,695 CDN.

 

2020 Subaru Legacy

Over the past year or so, Subaru has revamped much of its lineup, including the all-new 2020 Legacy mid-size sedan. The new Legacy has more interior space, better handling, and a lot of standard safety equipment, including some of the EyeSight suite of safety features, as well as AWD. Starting MSRP is $26,395 CDN.

 

2020 Subaru Outback

The all-new 2020 Subaru Outback has the ground clearance, body cladding and space of an SUV, with the driving character of a mid-size wagon. And, even with more features and a full redesign, the Outback’s starting price is $30,695 CDN, about the same as it was last year.

 

2020 Toyota Prius AWD-e

If you’re shopping for a highly efficient and highly reliable gas-electric hybrid vehicle, Toyota recently added the all-season confidence of AWD to the Prius. The Prius AWD-e system only operates up to 69 km/h, but it’s a system that’s ready to step in when a lack of traction is an issue. The starting price is $28,990 CDN.

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