While All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) is essential when inclement weather and rough roads are the norm, it takes its toll on fuel economy. Take two identical vehicles – car, truck, SUV or crossover – one with AWD and one with RWD or FWD. The AWD version will get less miles per gallon (MPG) due to the added weight and friction losses inherent in the drivetrain. The good news is that auto manufacturers are working feverishly to make AWD vehicles more efficient.
Today’s powerful turbodiesel engines – as in the chart topping 328d xDrive and splendid Audi A6 TDI (shown at right) – have changed the game. Traditional 4×4 trucks are great for off-roading, but when it comes to getting great mileage, AWD sedans, wagons and crossovers take the cake.
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The Highest MPG AWDs of 2014
- 2014 BMW 328d xDrive
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz E250 Bluetec 4matic
- 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid AWD
- 2014 Infiniti Q50 & Q50S Hybrid AWD
- 2014 Subaru Impreza - Sedan & Wagon AWD
- 2014 BMW 535d xDrive
- 2014 Lexus RX 450h AWD
- 2014 Audi A6 TDI quattro
- 2014 Audi A7 TDI quattro
- 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek AWD
- 2014 Mazda CX-5 4WD
- 2014 Audi A8 TDI
- 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK250 Bluetec 4matic
- 2014 MINI Cooper S Countryman All4 / JCW Countryman All4
- 2014 MINI Cooper S Paceman All4 / JCW Paceman All4
- 2014 Nissan Juke AWD
- 2014 Subaru Forester AWD
- 2014 Subaru Legacy AWD
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