Get Ready For Winter: New AWD Cars Less Than $25,000

© Subaru of America Lowest Price All-Wheel Drive
Most new vehicles on the road in the U.S. are front-wheel drive, which can be easier to control than rear-wheel drive, as well as offer better fuel efficiency. However, in certain situations all-wheel drive can be extremely useful — the extra traction provided by power going to all four wheels offers better control when roads become wet, icy and/or snowy. All-wheel drive can also provide more confidence when heading off pavement for a little adventuring. Here are the least expensive new AWD cars in America — all with starting prices less than $25,000 — ranked in ascending order by price. Prices shown are for the entry trim with no options and don’t include destination charges.

© Subaru of America 2023 Subaru Impreza Sedan
MSRP: $19,795
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BOXER
Horsepower: 152
Transmission: 5-speed manual
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 23 city / 31 hwy / 26 combined
The lowest price for a new car in America with all-wheel drive, Impreza is the entry-level trim in the Subaru lineup. Upgrading to the CVT for $1,300 improves fuel economy and equips the Impreza with Subaru’s innovative EyeSight driver-assist technology. The Impreza 5-Door is priced at $500 more than the sedan.

© Kia Motor America 2023 Kia Seltos LX AWD
MSRP: $22,840
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder MPI Atkinson
Horsepower: 146
Transmission: Intelligent Variable Transmission
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 27 city / 31 hwy / 29 combined
An all-new entry in the Kia lineup for 2021, the Seltos slots between the Soul and Sportage crossovers in the Kia lineup. With higher ground clearance, a more traditional SUV shape and an available turbocharged engine, the Seltos stands out in this crowded market segment.

© Mazda North American Operations 2023 Mazda CX-30 2.5S
MSRP: $22,950
Engine: 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 191
Transmission: SKYACTIVE-DRIVE 6-speed automatic transmission
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 26 city / 33 hwy / 29 combined
Introduced a few years ago, the sporty Mazda CX-30 slots between the CX-3 and CX-5. With seating for five and familiar Mazda styling, the CX-30 earns deserved recognition as a useful, fun-to-drive vehicle. All CX-30s come with Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD.

© Hyundai Motor America 2023 Hyundai Kona SE AWD
MSRP: $23,490
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder MPI Atkinson
Horsepower: 147
Transmission: Intelligent Variable Transmission
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 28 city / 33 hwy / 30 combined
The Hyundai Kona has always differed from the rest of the crossover market with unique styling and a sporty demeanor. This differentiation continues on the 2023 Kona thanks to last year’s styling updates that include a refreshed grille, enhanced LED daytime running lights and a lower bumper fascia that flows smoothly into the wheel arch cladding.

© Subaru of America 2023 Subaru Crosstrek
MSRP: $23,645
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder BOXER
Horsepower: 152
Transmission: 6-speed manual
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 22 city / 29 hwy / 25 combined
The smallest crossover in the Subaru lineup, the Crosstrek offers plenty of utility with 8.7-inches of ground clearance and standard all-wheel drive. The Crosstrek was updated in 2021 with refreshed styling, new features, improved safety equipment and an optional engine with more power.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer LS AWD
MSRP: $25,295
Engine: 1.3-liter ECOTEC turbocharged 3-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 155
Transmission: 9-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 26 city / 30 hwy / 28 combined
A Trailblazer had not been offered in the Chevrolet lineup for more than a decade, and now the nameplate is back on an attractive small crossover. Styling is similar to the recently returned Blazer, and the new Trailblazer comes with Chevy Safety Assist featuring automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist.

© Toyota Motor Sales, USA 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid LE AWD
MSRP: $24,200
Engine: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder hybrid
Horsepower: 138
Transmission: CVT
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 51 city / 44 hwy / 48 combined
The Toyota Corolla sedan was redesigned for 2020, and for the first time ever a Corolla Hybrid joined the lineup in the U.S. market. Corolla Hybrid has an EV mode that allows the vehicle to drive on pure electric power for short distances, and it is by far one of the most fuel-efficient AWD cars in America.

© Toyota Motor Sales, USA 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross L AWD
MSRP: $24,360
Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 169
Transmission: CVT
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 29 city / 32 hwy / 30 combined
The Corolla Cross is a brand-new compact model from Toyota based on the popular Corolla sedan. With traditional upright SUV styling that separates it from the similarly sized Toyota C-HR, the Corolla Cross comes with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced active safety systems.

© Subaru of America 2023 Subaru Legacy
MSRP: $24,395
Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder BOXER
Horsepower: 182
Transmission: Lineartronic CVT
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 27 city / 35 hwy / 30 combined
Refreshed for the 2023 model year with updated styling and new features, the Legacy remains the only midsize sedan on the market with standard all-wheel drive. The Legacy comes with Subaru’s suite of advanced safety features called EyeSight, which includes automatic emergency braking and advanced adaptive cruise control.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience 2023 Ford Maverick XL AWD
MSRP: $24,414
Engine: 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine
Horsepower: 250
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy (mpg): 22 city / 29 hwy / 25 combined
The Maverick is Ford’s first entry-level unibody pickup truck, available with a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain or powerful EcoBoost engine (hybrid not available with AWD). With impressive utility, a spacious cabin and the latest advanced safety features, the Maverick fits well into Ford’s time-honored truck lineup.

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