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10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles for the Money

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When you have to drive on the white stuff—or, worse, a wintry mix—you want to feel confident that you can get where you're going. All-wheel drive can help give you that assurance. With the ability to direct power to all four wheels, vehicles with these systems provide better traction when things get slippery.

What’s more, the all-wheel drive on all of these cars will work without your having to do so much as push a button. They can all detect slippage and take action, though in many cases you can help out by choosing a setting for the conditions you’re experiencing. And they all do it on the fly; the days of having to slow down or stop to move a lever are long gone.

We’re recommending ten 2016 vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive that offer a shovelful of value. Many have placed well in our previous car rankings, which reward resale value, fuel economy, safety and more.

A quick caveat about all-wheel drive: Its magic is that it can improve your traction when accelerating, but it does nothing to help you stop. The overconfidence the former can breed has put many an all-wheel-drive vehicle in the ditch. The solution (besides prudence) is winter tires.

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10 Best All-Wheel-Drive Vehicles for the Money



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