Many automotive enthusiasts and those who drive regularly in difficult conditions favour vehicles with all-wheel drive (AWD). AWD vehicles distribute power to all four wheels instead of two, as in front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. Having four wheels running means greater control and safety. Should one wheel lose power or contact with the road, the other three can help you keep control of the car. Finding AWD vehicles is simple with the resources below. However, many websites do not allow you to search specifically for AWD vehicles.
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Visit the AWD Report website. The AWD Report does all the work for you: It lists only AWD vehicles. Simply go to the site and compare prices and features of as many AWD vehicles as you like.
Research AWD vehicles at Kelly Blue Book. Kelly Blue Book (KBB) is a trusted resource for learning about new and used cars. To find AWD cars at KBB takes a few steps. From the KBB Perfect Car Finder page, click on "Advanced." Under advanced you will see many options for choosing a vehicle. Click on "Drivetrain" and, naturally, select "All-Wheel Drive." Soon you will have a long list of vehicles to consider.
Choose a vehicle by make at Edmunds. The Edmunds website allows you to search for AWD vehicles, but first you have to limit your search to one manufacturer. For example, from the home page choose "New Cars," then choose "Audi." In the left sidebar called "Select Options" you can choose your drivetrain. Once you've chosen "All-Wheel Drive" you will be shown a list of Audi vehicles with that feature.
Read about AWD vehicles at Car and Driver's website. After visiting the sites mentioned you should have a list of AWD vehicles you're considering. Once you know what you want it's a good idea to hear what the industry has to say about your chosen vehicles. Car and Driver has been a trusted source of automotive information for many years. When purchasing an AWD vehicle---i.e., a performance vehicle---you'll definitely want to hear about how it performed when professional drivers put it to the test.
Consider joining Consumer Reports, which is a non-profit organisation that has been protecting consumers since 1936. Consumer Reports reviews many types of consumer products but does not accept advertising or donated samples, so they are able to be impartial in their reviews. Consumer Reports operates its own 327-acre auto test centre in Connecticut with a staff trained to put cars through their paces. They also maintain a database of used car performance information. Annual fees are very low, and when you're considering a large purchase like a vehicle it's generally worth the investment. If you plan to buy any other big-ticket items in the next year, such as a washing machine or a flat-screen TV, you'll be able to make informed decisions on those items as well.
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Tips and warnings
- AWD and four-wheel drive can mean the same thing, but sometimes they don't.
- Some vehicles, mostly trucks, have an option allowing you to turn off the four-wheel drive feature.
- Some performance enthusiasts prefer rear-wheel drive.
- AWD does not guarantee great performance unless the car is engineered to take advantage of the capability. Do your research.
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