Top 10 All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles
Compact SUV: Subaru Forester
Yes, another Subaru. The Forester was entirely redesigned for 2009, and where its predecessor's boxy styling stood out, the new model now just blends in. But its ability to hold its own in the slick stuff is simply impossible to overlook. Meticulous development and attention to detail mean that the fundamentals have been fully covered. The new Forester is utterly solid, safe and comfortable, with a well laid-out, roomy and practical cabin. As a bonus, it now shares its larger siblings' PZEV-rated 2.5-liter boxer engine. That said, 2.5 XT trims fully qualify as all-weather performance Q-ships with their 224-horsepower turbo power unit.
Crossover / SUV: Ford Edge
The smooth-bodied Edge was a good surprise and has been a solid success for Ford since its introduction in 2007. It was the first to get Ford's all-new and impeccably modern 3.5-liter 265-horsepower V6 engine and 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Edge is roomy, solid and well-built, with suspension geometry and settings that strike a good compromise between ride and stability. Its automatic four-wheel-drive system is not quite as unflappable as some of the competition's all-wheel-drive technology, but the Edge is safe-handling and gets the nod here for its competitive pricing and reliability.
Luxury SUV: Acura MDX
The distinctly styled MDX gets its own version of Acura's exceptional Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive system as first used on the automaker's RL luxury sedan. It can perform continuous torque transfers between the driving wheels, front to rear and side to side, as the conditions warrant. The SH-AWD system is an important key to its winter prowess, backed up by the 300 horsepower of its 3.7-liter V6 engine. The MDX has impressive safety equipment and the full array of accessories expected of a luxury entry, and it can seat seven.
Sports Car: Audi TTS
There is no reason you should park your sports car for the winter if you live in the Snowbelt with cars such as the all-wheel-drive Audi TT. We pick the new TTS, offered as a coupe or convertible, because it is now the feistiest of the family with its 2.0-liter turbocharged 265-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual gearbox. If your budget is a bit tight, go for the 200-horse 2.0T quattro rather than the ponderous 3.2 V6.
Honorable mentions: Volkswagen R32
Exotic Sports Car: Audi R8
Yes, you can also drive exotic sports cars in winter — this one at least. The Audi R8 is as civilized, comfortable and drivable in 6 inches of snow as it is on dry pavement. With a front/rear weight balance of 44/56 percent and a quattro all-wheel-drive system that can transfer up to 35 percent of driving torque to the front wheels, it can be driven on snow with great confidence, even with the stability system shut off, using the 4.2-liter 420-horsepower V8 engine's linear torque delivery to full advantage. Bring on the white stuff.
Honorable mentions: Nissan GT-R
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I totally agree with Subaru on the wins in the categories they won in.
If you actually go onto Subaru's website to see how thier Systematic all-wheel drive system operates, you would probably think again on how you chose your cars. Not biased here or anything, but in the first video in the link below, the results were certified by the United States Auto Club that mostly deals Mopar (or dodge), an American based company.
You can go to youtube.com to see the difference between Honda (Real Time), Toyota (On-Demand), Ford (Intelligent), Nissan (Intuitive), and Subaru (Systematic).
The free rolling wheels are to similate ice.
Four Wheel Drive
We live in an evergreen state, a state with beautiful landscape. The best way to get to the beautiful landscapes is to have a four wheel drive car. I will tell you why, with the experience I had. One time, my brothers and me were going to Yale lake and my brother skid and crashed and there was no service so we were stuck for six hours with his two wheel drive car. This experience has taught me that four wheel drive cars are much safer on and off road .
First of all, why should you get a four wheel drive car? It is so you don't get stuck in mud. When we went to the woods, my brother’s truck was on two wheel drive and we tried to get up a hill and we couldn't and we got stuck. So my brother turned on the four wheel drive and got up the hill instantly with no problems. A four wheel drive car is strong enough to pull out your car out of mud or ditch and sometimes even help a two wheel drive car out also. That is one of the reasons why you should get a four wheel drive car.
Secondly, four wheel drive cars almost skid resistant. The four wheel drive is set up that the four wheels are spinning at the same time and there is less chance to skid. Especially around the Vancouver WA area. Sometimes the weather gets very ugly out here. I know someone that was driving with his brother and skid and crashed very badly. It took him three weeks to recover from the crash. If you don't want these kind of consequences to happen, you should get a four wheel drive car.
Thirdly, if you have a four wheel drive car, then the total power adds up. Power is a big part in cars especially when you go mudding because in this situation, you don't want speed but power. In addition, when you need to cross a river or a creek it is impossible to cross without a four wheel drive. Also you have a less of a chance of rolling over. Once we were driving and their was a road wash out and the only way to get though it was to go on the very side. I don't know how we would've got through if not for the four wheel drive car that my brother had. These experiences taught me that four wheel drive cars are better.As you can see, four wheel drive cars are much better and have much more benefits than a two wheel drive car. I know that we wouldn't of had these accidents if in some cases we had a four wheel drive car. Therefore, I don't want these accidents to happen to you so I recommend a four wheel drive car for the safety of your life.