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Top 9 Most Affordable All-Wheel Drive Cars for 2019

All-wheel drive can be a lifesaver if you live in a snowy climate. Having traction at all four wheels is not only convenient when the roads get slick, but can also give you a big safety advantage. On top of being practical, AWD can also give your car some off-roading capability that could surprise you.

Luckily, an AWD car or SUV doesn’t have to be expensive. We’ve put together a list of the nine most affordable new vehicles equipped with AWD or 4WD that you can buy in 2019.

Subaru Impreza - $18,595

Subaru Impreza – $18,595

The most affordable car on our list and the only one that comes in under the $20,000 mark is the Subaru Impreza. Subaru has the distinction of all of its models (with the exception of the BRZ sports car) coming standard with symmetrical AWD. The Impreza is a humble compact car with a rugged attitude and can be had as either a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. The hatchback costs a little more, but still starts at less than $20k. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale

Mazda CX-3 - $21,790

Mazda CX-3 – $21,790

The most affordable crossover SUV on our list, when equipped with AWD, is the Mazda CX-3. The CX-3 has the distinction of being one of the sportiest offerings in the subcompact crossover segment with peppy performance and agile handling. Mazda often impresses us with premium materials and designs that look and feel like they belong in a more expensive car and the CX-3 is no exception. Find a Mazda CX-3 for sale

Subaru Crosstrek - $21,895

Subaru Crosstrek – $21,895

The Subaru Crosstrek might be little more than an Impreza hatchback with a slight lift and a slightly revised, more rugged exterior, but that’s not a bad thing. A common complaint about the Crosstrek is that it’s a little underpowered, but if that doesn’t bother you, you’ll enjoy the smooth ride, well-built cabin and generous cargo space of this spunky Subaru. If you add features like X-Mode and hill descent control, the Crosstrek can be a pretty serious little off-roader. Find a Subaru Crosstrek for sale

Honda HR-V - $21,920

Honda HR-V – $21,920

The small engine in the Honda HR-V won’t get you anywhere in a big hurry, but this subcompact crossover makes a great little commuter. It’s one of the roomiest SUVs in its class for both passengers and cargo and it returns strong fuel economy. The HR-V is a good, practical choice if you want a small, affordable AWD crossover that’s surprisingly suitable as a family car with plenty of room in a small package. Find a Honda HR-V for sale

Hyundai Kona - $22,435

Hyundai Kona – $22,435

The Hyundai Kona is one of the newest offerings in the subcompact crossover segment and it’s also one of the best. Not unlike the Mazda CX-3, this one is a little bit on the sporty side with agile handling and an available turbocharged engine which is uncommon for this class. On top of the fun performance, we love the upscale interior and user-friendly infotainment system. If you like the unconventional styling of the Kona, it’s a strong competitor. Find a Hyundai Kona for sale

Subaru Legacy - $22,545

Subaru Legacy – $22,545

That’s right, another Subaru. A big part of the brand’s character is offering AWD at an affordable price point and the Legacy sedan is another part of that strategy. AWD is a surprisingly rare feature in the non-luxury midsize sedan segment with its only direct AWD-equipped competitors being the Ford Fusion and the new Nissan Altima, but neither can’t beat the price of this Subaru. The Legacy might be easy to forget about in Subaru’s lineup of wagons and crossovers, but standard AWD makes it a stand-out in its competitive segment.Find a Subaru Legacy for sale

Ford EcoSport - $22,685

Ford EcoSport – $22,685

You don’t get much in the base S trim of the Ford EcoSport, but what you can get is AWD and it won’t cost you much. The EcoSport is a vehicle that improves a lot when it’s upgraded a little through the higher trims, better engine, better infotainment system and available safety features, but if price is your biggest priority, it’s another good option for affordable AWD. Ample cargo space and a rear swing gate in lieu of a traditional lift gate are a couple of this Ford’s strong suits. Find a Ford EcoSport for sale

Chevrolet Trax - $22,800

Chevrolet Trax – $22,800

Similar to the Ford EcoSport is the Chevrolet Trax, which is very similarly priced on the low-end when equipped with AWD. The Trax has roomy, comfortable seats that are comfy for a wide range of passengers making you feel like you’re in a bigger SUV. Between the nice seats, the good infotainment system, and the affordable price, the Trax is a well-rounded crossover. Find a Chevrolet Trax for sale

Jeep Compass - $23,095

Jeep Compass – $23,095

The lowest-priced 4×4 Jeep you can buy in 2019 is the Compass with an MSRP of just $22,595. The Compass might not be as rugged or as capable as the legendary Wrangler, but it still earns its Jeep badge with its available Active Drive 4×4 system with a Selec-Terrain traction management system allowing you to switch between four modes; Auto, Snow, Sport and Sand/Mud. If you want to get really serious on the trails, you can upgrade to the more capable Jeep Compass Trailhawk, which adds a 4WD Low setting and a Rock mode plus various other off-road ready features. Find a Jeep Compass for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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  1. Except for the Subaru, the other cars/crossovers listed are not true awd. They only have traction to front left right rear when the ecm detects wheel spin or wheel rpm out of what it expects to see.

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