New-fallen snow, as it wraps everything in downy whiteness, has a way of slowing the world down -- and your vehicle is no exception. When you have to drive on the white stuff, you want to feel confident in your ability to get where you're going.
All-wheel drive can give you that assurance. By powering all four wheels at the same time, all-wheel-drive systems provide better traction than two-wheel-drive ones. Plus, all-wheel drive is always on and adjusts automatically to changing road conditions -- unlike four-wheel-drive systems typically found in trucks, which require you to make a selection for the conditions or type of terrain.
In preparation for colder weather, we recommend ten 2012 vehicles that offer a shovelful of value -- as measured by our annual rankings -- as well as all-wheel drive
. Our rankings reflect resale value, fuel economy, safety and more, so these vehicles are well rounded. Eight of the ten were awarded Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
10 Best All-Wheel Drive Car Values