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AWD Cars With the Best Fuel Economy

U.S. News & World Report - Cars Logo By Eric C. Evarts of U.S. News & World Report - Cars | Slide 1 of 10: <p>As more drivers have discovered the advantages of all-wheel-drive traction, having power to all four wheels has become a must-have feature in northern and mountain states.</p><p>All-wheel drive is no longer confined to SUVs. Most luxury sedans and many mainstream family sedans offer it, as do some <a href="https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/wagons">wagons</a> and even a few <a href="https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/convertibles">convertibles</a>.</p><p>The downside of all-wheel drive has always been that it takes a toll on fuel economy. In the days of part-time four-wheel drive systems in <a href="https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/full-size-pickup-trucks">big pickups</a> and <a href="https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/off-road-suvs">off-road SUVs</a>, the penalty could be significant. The good news is, modern all-wheel-drive cars generally only get slightly lower fuel economy in all-wheel-drive form than they do with two-wheel drive. </p><p>If you’re looking for an all-wheel drive car or <a href="https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/rankings/crossover-suvs">crossover SUV</a> and you still want decent gas mileage, there are now several choices available that get 30 mpg or better in combined city and highway driving, according to their EPA window stickers. We've listed the fuel economy data for each vehicle, as well as the price when equipped with all-wheel drive.</p><p>Here are the eight all-wheel cars and SUVs in 2017 that get the best fuel economy. </p>

Fuel Efficiency and All-Weather Traction

As more drivers have discovered the advantages of all-wheel-drive traction, having power to all four wheels has become a must-have feature in northern and mountain states.

All-wheel drive is no longer confined to SUVs. Most luxury sedans and many mainstream family sedans offer it, as do some wagons and even a few convertibles.

The downside of all-wheel drive has always been that it takes a toll on fuel economy. In the days of part-time four-wheel drive systems in big pickups and off-road SUVs, the penalty could be significant. The good news is, modern all-wheel-drive cars generally only get slightly lower fuel economy in all-wheel-drive form than they do with two-wheel drive.

If you’re looking for an all-wheel drive car or crossover SUV and you still want decent gas mileage, there are now several choices available that get 30 mpg or better in combined city and highway driving, according to their EPA window stickers. We've listed the fuel economy data for each vehicle, as well as the price when equipped with all-wheel drive.

Here are the eight all-wheel cars and SUVs in 2017 that get the best fuel economy.

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