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10 new all-wheel-drive vehicles under $25,000

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If you’re a fan of adventure, a resident of the snow belt, or just fond of forward traction, all-wheel drive is a fantastic aid, especially when paired with the correct tires for the conditions. Once a feature mainly found on luxury vehicles, all-wheel drive has become more available in affordable mainstream vehicles.

This list of the 10 most affordable new all-wheel-drive vehicles doesn’t include a single vehicle priced above $25,000. Honorable mention goes to the 11th-most affordable new all-wheel-drive vehicle, the fun and flexible 2023 Honda HR-V, priced from $25,300 with AWD. The 10 new AWD vehicles below are even more affordable. Note: Prices do not include destination fees but do factor in the price of all-wheel drive.

1. 2023 Subaru Impreza: $19,795

The 2023 Subaru Impreza


The 2023 Subaru
Impreza includes standard AWD in the base model and is the most affordable all-wheel-drive car in America. Available in sedan and hatchback form ($20,295), the Impreza also comes with the EyeSight driver assist system. The hatchback is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

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2. 2022 Chevrolet Trax: $22,320

The Chevy Trax


There’s an all-new Trax coming next spring, but until then, the 2022 Chevrolet Trax is the smallest crossover from the brand available with AWD. The most affordable trim level to shop for is the LS AWD.

3. 2023 Kia Seltos: $22,840

The 2023 Kia Seltos


Most trims of the 2023 Kia
Seltos include standard AWD, but the most affordable form is the LX. In addition to being roomy for its size, the Seltos is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick. 

4. 2023 Mazda CX-30: $22,950

The Mazda CX30


Striking looks, dynamic handling, and an upmarket interior mark the 2023 Mazda
CX-30 as a leader in its class and an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. It’s most affordable in the 2023 CX-30 2.5 S form. 

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5. 2023 Hyundai Kona: $23,490

Also available as an EV and in sporty 276-horsepower Kona N form, the well-equipped 2023 Hyundai
Kona’s most affordable AWD form is the Kona SE, priced from just $21,990. Adding AWD only increases the bottom line by $1,500. 

6. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek: $23,645

The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek


The 2023 Subaru Crosstrek lacks EyeSight active safety in base form, but it still earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating. Upgrading to the CVT transmission (from the base model’s manual) also adds EyeSight, which includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering, automatic emergency braking, and more, for $1,350. 

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7. 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer: $24,100

The 2023 Trailblazer


Undeniably fun to look at, the 2023 Chevrolet Trailblazer is also relatively spacious for its small footprint and comes with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. It is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. 

8. 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: $24,200

The only hybrid on this list, the 2023 Toyota
Corolla Hybrid LE AWD, is a remarkable value, scoring 51 mpg city and 44 mpg highway for 48 mpg combined with AWD. 

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9. 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross: $24,360

The Toyota Corolla Cross


Excellent fuel economy in a subcompact SUV form factor makes the 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross economical and affordable. It’s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick+. 

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10. 2023 Subaru Legacy: $24,395

Larger than the Impreza and only available as a sedan, the 2023 Subaru Legacy is still remarkably affordable considering the standard AWD and included EyeSight on top of its IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. 

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