Seize the road in an AWD car.

Best AWD Cars | CarMax

If you need a car that can handle your daily commute and seize weekend adventures in the great outdoors, an all-wheel drive (AWD) car may be a good fit for you. With more grip and precision for rough or slick road conditions, you'll have the confidence you need to travel where you want to go. Many AWD cars also offer spacious cabins and generous cargo areas so you can bring your gear and friends along.

To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best AWD cars for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax vehicle and sales data from November 1, 2019, through April 30, 2020.

  1. Hyundai Genesis
  2. Ford Taurus
  3. Mini Cooper Clubman
  4. Dodge Charger
  5. Lincoln MKZ
  6. Subaru Crosstrek
  7. Ford Fusion
  8. Subaru Legacy
  9. Subaru Impreza
  10. Subaru Outback


Hyundai Genesis

Best AWD Cars: Hyundai Genesis | CarMax

If you're tempted by the Genesis' badging but need AWD capabilities for challenging conditions, the Hyundai Genesis G80 is a lavish midsize sedan worth considering. 2017–2019 models with the 3.8L V6 offer available AWD, but if you want brawnier performance, 2018-2019 G80s with the 5.0L V8 can also be equipped with AWD. The G80 matches its capable performance with a classy cabin that's quiet at high speeds and comes standard with leather upholstery and heated front seats (2017–2019 models). You'll also enjoy these standard features on 2017–2019 Q80 3.8 models:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Navigation system
  • Eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Forward collision warning with brake assist


Ford Taurus

Best AWD Cars: Ford Taurus | CarMax

Comfortable and roomy, the Ford Taurus is a large sedan with a plush interior that's practical for your daily commute. 2017–2019 SEL and Limited trims use a 288-hp 3.5L V6 with optional AWD, or you can step up to Taurus SHO, which features standard AWD, a sport-tuned suspension, and a 365-hp 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 for more performance (2017–2019). If you like taking road trips, the Taurus has space for five passengers and 20.1 cu-ft of trunk cargo space (2017–2019). Folding the 60/40 split rear-seat accommodates longer items, like skis. Standard features on the 2017–2019 Taurus Limited include:

  • 10-way power front seats with driver seat memory
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Rear-window power sunshade
  • SYNC® 3 infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Blind-spot monitor with cross-traffic alert


Mini Cooper Clubman

Best AWD Cars: Mini Cooper Clubman | CarMax

If you love the punchy driving characteristics of a Mini Cooper but need cargo space and legroom for rear-seat passengers, the Clubman is a stretched-out version that could be right for you. 2017–2019 Clubman John Cooper Works models feature a 228-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that makes 258 lb-ft of torque and comes standard with AWD. With 17.5 cu-ft of volume to carry your gear, the 2017–2019 Clubman is very utilitarian. The rear swing-out trunk doors also make it easy to fill the cargo zone with whatever you need to carry. Other standard features on the 2017–2019 Clubman John Cooper Works trim include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Rear spoiler
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Simulated suede and cloth upholstery


Dodge Charger

Best AWD Cars: Dodge Charger | CarMax

Looking for a muscle car with racy performance and available AWD? The Dodge Charger has the sporty characteristics you crave with the four-season capability you want. You can find AWD versions on certain Charger trims, like the SE (2017), GT (2018), and SXT (2017 and 2019). These models come standard with a 3.6L V6 that throws down 292 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and pairs to an eight-speed automatic transmission (2017 and newer). Along with its muscular performance, the Charger will look and sound cool as you prowl around town. 2019 Charger SXT trims with AWD include these standard features:

  • 19-inch aluminum wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Uconnect® 4C system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen


Lincoln MKZ

Best AWD Cars: Lincoln MKZ | CarMax

Elegant and sophisticated, the Lincoln MKZ is a five-passenger midsize luxury sedan with presence. Ideal for out-of-town trips or nights on the town, you'll love how stylish the MKZ looks, while its balanced ride remains composed on rougher roads. 2017–2019 models come standard with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder or you can opt for a turbocharged 3.0L V6 on 2017 Select and Reserve trims or 2018–2019 Reserve trims. Both turbos offer AWD for confident cornering and dynamic handling. The trim-topping Reserve also comes with these standard features on 2017–2019 models:

  • Power-open and -close trunk lid
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats with perforated inserts
  • Blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert
  • Voice-activated navigation system

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Subaru Crosstrek

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Crosstrek | CarMax

Previously known as the Subaru XV Crosstrek until its 2015 model year (and now simply called the Crosstrek) this crossover has a rugged nature to match your adventuresome spirit. 2017–2019 models feature a high ground clearance of 8.7 inches to handle off-road terrain, while standard AWD makes this model a suitable choice for all weather types. Under the hood, a 2.0L four-cylinder makes 152 hp on 2017–2019 models and includes a six-speed manual transmission on 2.0i and 2.0i Premium trims. A CVT comes standard on 2017–2019 2.0i Limited trims. With 55.3 cu-ft of maximum cargo volume in 2018–2019 Crosstreks, you'll have lots of room for your camping gear. Standard features on the base 2017–2019 model include:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Roof rails
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rearview monitor
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration (2018–2019)


Ford Fusion

Best AWD Cars: Ford Fusion | CarMax

If you're looking to add joy to your commute, the Ford Fusion is a great option to consider with its dynamic handling and athletic personality. This sedan offers optional AWD when you choose the 245-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, which comes standard on Fusion Titanium (2017–2019) and Platinum (2017–2018) trims. For even more thrills, there is the 2017–2019 Fusion V6 Sport, which boasts a 325-hp 2.7L V6 and standard AWD, along with a sport-tuned suspension that slices through corners. 2017 and newer Fusion V6 Sport trims also include:

  • 19-inch tarnished dark-painted wheels
  • Quad-tip exhaust tip
  • Rear decklid spoiler
  • 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar
  • Leather-trimmed seats with suede cloth inserts


Subaru Legacy

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Legacy | CarMax

The Subaru Legacy is a five-passenger midsize sedan that's great for city commuting or weekend trips to the slopes. AWD comes standard on the 2017–2019 model, providing predictable all-weather performance in rain, sleet, or snow. With space for your kids or furry friends and 15 cu-ft of trunk volume in 2017 and newer models, the Legacy is a practical option for daily travel. On the road, the Legacy delivers a balanced and quiet ride from the base 175-hp 2.5L four-cylinder that makes 174 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6L V6 is also available on the 2017–2019 Legacy Limited trim. For a good mix of stylish features, check out the 2017–2019 2.5i Sport trim, which comes standard with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Sport-type front grille
  • Rear spoiler
  • Fog lights
  • Chrome-finish steering wheel


Subaru Impreza

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Impreza | CarMax

Available in sedan and hatchback body styles, the Subaru Impreza is a sporty compact with standard AWD. This model is a great option if you want the sure-footedness of an SUV but in a more agile body. Fifth-generation Imprezas (2017 and newer) use a 2.0L four-cylinder that pounds the pavement to make 152 hp and 145 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2017–2019 2.0i and Sport models for excitement with each rev. On the road, the Impreza rides with confidence as it hugs corners. The cabin also boasts 36.5 inches of rear-seat legroom for adult passengers and 20.8 cu-ft of trunk space in the 2017–2019 hatchback model. Standard features on the 2017 and newer Impreza 20i base trim include:

  • Air conditioning with air filtration
  • Three-spoke steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth® control switches
  • Rearview monitor
  • STARLINK™ 6.5-inch multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration


Subaru Outback

Best AWD Cars: Subaru Outback | CarMax

Need an AWD wagon to bring your bikes or kayak along for the ride? The 2017–2019 Subaru Outback comes standard with roof rails and lower roof height, making it easier to strap on your toys to enjoy the outdoors. You can also tow an estimated 2,700 lbs. with the 2017–2019 Outback's CVT and 2.5L four-cylinder or 3.6L V6 engines.1 Inside the cabin, there is room for five passengers with 35.5 cu-ft of cargo room for climbing gear. The 2017–2019 model also comes standard with X-Mode, Hill Descent Control, and Hill Start Assist for more control on slippery road surfaces and steep inclines. Standard features on the 2.5i Premium include the following on 2017 and newer models:

  • Fog lights
  • 10-way power driver seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle

Nimble and stylish, an AWD car is a great option if you need more grip in slick conditions or on less-traveled roads. Along with their great capability, many models also have cargo space to bring your outdoor gear along and comfortable cabins for you and four friends.

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