With the cost of gas appearing to continually rise, running cost for SUVs is quickly outgrowing peoples budgets. So people are looking for alternatives, and one group of vehicles that are getting a lot of converts are AWD cars. This review will take a look at three of the most popular all wheel drive cars.
The first in the group is from Infiniti’s popular G range of vehicles, and while the range starts at just under $31k you have to step up to the almost $34K G25x model to get all wheel drive.
For the cost you do get a very well equipped car, a 2.5 liter V6 engine with a 7 speed automatic gearbox, and just about every option you you can think of actually comes as standard including, leather heated power seats, remote keyless entry, rear view monitor, HID headlights and side curtain airbags. If you are looking for a luxury AWD car then the Infiniti deserves investigation.
Subaru Impreza WRX
To be honest we could have picked any of the current Subaru lineup, as they all come with all wheel drive, but we decided on the best selling Impreza WRX which comes in at just over $25k, almost ten thousand dollars less than the Infiniti.
The lower price does come with fewer features, the engine only has 4 cylinders, but it does add a turbo-charger, and the gearbox is a 5 speed manual. The interior is also less well equipped than the expensive Infiniti, having no leather heated power seats, and a less extensive entertainment system. What it does come with though is Subarus Legendary rally history, and where you are buying a car for its AWD potential that counts for a lot.
BMW 328i xDrive
The 3 series BMW has been sold as the ultimate drivers car for years now, and the 328i xDrive is their entry level all wheel drive model, although starting at $36.5k there is nothing entry level about the price.
For your considerable investment you do an inline 6 cylinder engine and a six speed gearbox with paddle shifters. While pretty well equipped, with leather interior and a whole bunch of other standard features the Infiniti has it beat when you compare what is included as standard. The BMW may be the car for you if badge prestige is important, but in this group of AWD cars it just looks over-priced and under specified.