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6 All-Wheel-Drive Luxury Cars for Under $40,000

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If you live in an area with frequent winter storms, heavy rain or just rough roads, you probably want a new vehicle with all-wheel drive (AWD). But that's a rare feature on many modern luxury cars, especially if you want a high-end model at a reasonable price. Still, there are a few options for drivers interested in a luxury car that offers the year-round security of AWD without an extravagant base price. We've listed six of our favorites that have starting prices below $40,000 with shipping.

2016 Audi Q3

Audi Q3

Although it might be hard to believe, there are a few luxury SUVs available with AWD for under $40,000, and the small, handsome Audi Q3 is one of them. While the Q3 doesn't come standard with AWD, models equipped with the feature start at $36,800 with shipping.

That figure also includes a reasonably long list of equipment, such as a 7-inch center screen, a 10-speaker sound system, leather upholstery with heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control. Though the Q3 is small, it's a reasonably priced luxury vehicle for shoppers who want AWD luxury on a budget.

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2016 BMW 2 Series

BMW 2 Series

The impressive BMW 2 Series isn't an SUV or even a sedan. It's a sleek, sporty 2-door luxury car that's offered as a coupe or convertible, but it's still available for less than $40,000 with AWD. In order to get it for that price, you'll have to go with the 228i xDrive Coupe, which starts from $35,800 -- a figure that includes a surprisingly long list of standard equipment, such as automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, BMW's iDrive technology with a 6.5-in screen, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

If that's not enough, you can add the Premium package (sunroof, dual power front seats and keyless access) and the Driver Assist package (parking sensors and a backup camera) while still staying under budget.

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2016 Buick Encore

Buick Encore

Although you might not think of Buick when you're considering a luxury vehicle, the subcompact Encore crossover might change your mind. Offered in several different trim levels, even the top-end Encore Premium is well within our budget, as it starts from $32,100 with shipping and AWD.

Standard features are generous: They include a power sunroof, a navigation system, several modern safety items (including forward-collision and lane-departure warning), automatic wipers, a 7-speaker Bose stereo, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Encore also offers an efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that returns up to 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, making it a great option for luxury-car shoppers on a budget.

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2016 Infiniti Q50

Infiniti Q50

The Infiniti Q50 is one of those rare luxury cars that are sporty, fast and exciting yet still manage to offer AWD for well under $40,000. Although the feature isn't standard in the Q50, it's optional in the base-level 2.0t model for just $2,000, bringing the sedan's total price to just $36,900 with shipping.

Not only does that figure give you a midsize luxury sedan that returns up to 28 mpg hwy, it also includes a 208-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a long list of features such as LED headlights, dual power front seats, a backup camera, a twin-screen center setup with Infiniti's InTouch infotainment system, dual-zone automatic climate control and more. If you're looking for AWD, luxury and a long list of features, the Q50 deserves a spot on your shopping list.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz GLA

The Mercedes-Benz GLA is a luxury crossover that offers AWD for just $35,800 with shipping -- not a bad deal for a Mercedes SUV. That figure also buys you a long list of equipment, including 18-in alloy wheels, a power lift gate, a 7-in central display screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, automatic wipers and more.

And then there's the powertrain: a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in around 7 seconds. It also gets an impressive 24 mpg city/32 mpg hwy, excellent figures for a luxury crossover.

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2016 Volvo S60

Volvo S60

Although you might think it's impossible to get a European luxury-sport sedan for under $40,000 with shipping, the Volvo S60 proves it can happen. The base-level S60 T5 starts at just $36,600 when equipped with AWD, while stepping up to the luxurious Premier model only brings things to $39,200 with shipping -- still within our budget.

Even the base-level S60 comes standard with an impressive array of equipment (automatic headlights, alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, a 7-in center screen and automatic wipers), while the Premier model adds a power sunroof, a navigation system and leather upholstery.

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