As the winter months roll in, having a family vehicle with all-wheel drive capability can be a big benefit — especially if you live in an area that gets hit with a lot of snow and ice. But for many, an all-wheel drive crossover may not fit the budget, so opting for a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle makes a lot more sense. A CPO offering is not only more affordable, but these vehicles meet strict inspection standards set by the original manufacturer and are therefore backed by a comprehensive warranty. Here are five impressive CPO crossovers with all-wheel drive that are defintely worth a test drive.
The Ford Escape is stylish, fun-to-drive and good on fuel economy. And these are just a few of the reasons this perennial crossover remains a big seller. On the road, the Escape offers a balanced ride and handling experience. This translates to a stable and surefooted drive when the road falls under bad weather, thanks to a compliant all-wheel drive system. Inside, the Escape offers a robust list of modern amenities and tech features. Interior materials are decidedly high-quality, and fit and finish are excellent. In addition, the Escape is plenty roomy for both passengers and cargo — 67.8 cu ft. with the second row folded down. There are over 14,000 certified pre-owned 2014-2016 all-wheel drive Ford Escapes available on Autotrader with an average price of just under $20,400.
As one of the more athletic compact CPO crossovers, the Mazda CX-5 is quick and responsive. And from a design standpoint, it possesses a dynamic and youthful character, touting a long hood, a sleek profile and a sporty wheel design. The CX-5 benefits from a strong 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine to yield impressive performance and fuel economy. When paired with all-wheel drive, this crossover becomes capable enough to tread even the toughest winter storms. Inside, the CX-5 delivers an upscale and comfortable environment for the everyday commute or the weekend roadtrip. This crossover is feature-rich with lots of standard and optional amenities to choose from. There are over 750 certified pre-owned 2014-2016 all-wheel drive Mazda CX-5s available on Autotrader with an average price of just under $22,700.
This hatchback/crossover is defined by eye-catching styling, peppy performance and an abundance of smart content. On the outside, the Nissan Juke wears an expressive front fascia and a wide, athletic stance, which gives it confidence-inspiring stability. Add in all-wheel drive and you get a well-equipped winter warrior designed to take on most cold-weather road conditions. The 188-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine delivers a spirited driving experience, as well as outstanding fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon city and 31 mpg highway with all-wheel drive. The interior is sophisticated-looking, and there are optional tech features galore. There are over 200 certified pre-owned 2014-2016 all-wheel drive Nissan Jukes available on Autotrader with an average price of just under $17,700.
This wagon-like utility is a specialist when it comes to taking on challenging terrain and road conditions, thanks to one of the most well-reputed all-wheel drive systems on the market. The Subaru Forester is known for staying stable and surefooted despite the road conditions ahead by maximizing traction and grip. And its tough-looking body cladding gives it an aggressive persona that speaks to its overall capabilities. The Forester is powered by one of two engines: a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder or a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Within, the Forester offers occupants a sturdy and spacious cabin with plenty of technology like the STARLINK telematics system and lane-departure warning. And there’s lots of cargo space thanks to a wide load floor accessed by way of a large rear hatch. There are over 1,030 certified pre-owned 2014-2016 all-wheel drive Subaru Foresters available on Autotrader with an average price of just under $21,700.
Powered by a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, this German-engineered 5-seat crossover has an odd name that’s an amalgamation of a Tiger and an Iguana. But don’t let the name fool you. The Volkswagen Tiguan benefits from a handsome design, well-crafted interior and a confident driving experience. Poised for cold weather, the Tiguan is both refined and rugged, especially when equipped with VW’s well-engineered all-wheel drive system. If this crossover can tread the German Alps, an American winter should be no problem. Inside, the cabin touts high-quality interior materials that are durable enough to withstand the snow and slush that are brought into the car all winter long. And it’s also more spacious than it looks, for both passengers and cargo. There are over 426 certified pre-owned 2014-2016 all-wheel drive Volkswagen Tiguans available on Autotrader with an average price just under $19,500.