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Best AWD Sedans for 2022

By Josh Noel | August 18, 2022

Although trends have shifted to trucks and SUVs, not everyone wants to drive a lumbering gas guzzler every day just to get around when the weather is bad. Some buyers prefer the sleeker coupe-like shape of a sedan to the more utilitarian looks of SUVs and hatchbacks. Those buyers may also live in snowy climates or prefer the performance advantages of all-wheel-drive cars.

We put together a selection of the best cars with four doors that also drive all four wheels, for those all-wheel-drive sedan aficionados.

This list has luxury cars, high-performance rides, and practical, affordable AWD cars. Whether you are looking for an AWD compact, midsize, full size, or even an all-electric sedan, this list is the place to start the search for a new car.


Audi A4

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The A4 starts at $40,995 and comes equipped with Audi’s famous Quattro AWD system as standard. The A4 has an interior that is near the top of the class, with a functional and comfortable space. The rear seats are supportive and roomy as well. A 10.1-inch touchscreen is standard and controls an easy-to-use infotainment system that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

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All A4 sedans are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system. In 40 trim, the A4 has 201 horsepower and in 45 trim, it makes 261 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models. That hybrid system helps the Audi achieve good fuel economy with the 40 and 45 models getting an estimated 34 and 31 highway MPGs respectively. The A4 delivers sporty handling and a composed driving experience, without a harsh ride on bumpy roads.

Browse Audi A4 listings here.


BMW 5-Series

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The BMW 530i xDrive sedan starts at $57,495 and includes all-wheel-drive. Higher performance models the 540i, M550i, and M5 are also available with AWD. 530i models are powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 248 horsepower. In non-M trims, the 5-series is a good midsize luxury sedan but is not the ultimate driving machine it once was. The M550i and M5 lean more towards the true sports sedan side of the dial, with the M5 still delivering an exciting driving experience, thanks to 600 horsepower.

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The 530i xDrive offers fairly economical gas mileage with 23 MPG in the city and 32 on the highway. Inside, the BMW is nicely styled and very comfortable but lacks creative storage for passengers’ personal items. The technology compares well with the competition in the class at each trim level. A 12.3-inch touchscreen runs the infotainment system and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Safety features like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring are also standard. The smaller, more exciting to-drive BMW 2-Series is also available with all-wheel-drive.

Browse BMW 5-Series listings here.


Chrysler 300

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The Chrysler 300 starts at $37,790 when equipped with AWD, $2,555 more than the rear-wheel-drive base model. The big sedan lags somewhat behind the competition in luxury and technology but does offer stately styling and plenty of interior space. Seating is comfortable for adults in both the front and rear. The 300 handles well for a vehicle of its size, while still delivering a plush ride.

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All AWD-equipped 300s are motivated by a 3.6- liter V6 engine making 292 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The muscular Hemi V8 is not available with AWD. The EPA rates the fuel efficiency of the big Chrysler at 27 MPG highway and 18 in the city. Interior amenities include a standard 8.4-inch infotainment system including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Browse Chrysler 300 listings here.


Dodge Charger

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The Dodge Charger offers muscular looks, but can also be optioned with all-wheel-drive as a practical all-weather family hauler. In SXT trim with AWD, the Dodge Charger starts at $38,090. The Charger has a spacious interior, good standard power, and is available in a variety of fun optional colors. Trunk space, as well as rear-seat room, are excellent for the segment. Interior materials lag behind the competition with more plastic and rubber than the more up-to-date competition.

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AWD Chargers are powered by a 300-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Though this engine is nowhere near as wild as the available V8s, it does deliver adequate power for daily driving. In AWD trim, the charger receives EPA estimated fuel economy of 27 MPG on the highway and 18 in the city. The Charger has a composed ride, which absorbs most road bumps. Handling is good for a vehicle of its size, though reviewers found steering feel to be lacking.

Browse Dodge Charger listings here.


Genesis G80

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The G80 starts at $52,445 when equipped with AWD, making it a luxury bargain. The base engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 300 horsepower. A twin-turbo V6 with 375 horsepower comes on Sport trim models. An eight-speed automatic is paired with either engine. Regardless of configuration, the G80 has sporty acceleration, but the handling lags behind German competition. Fuel Economy is reasonable with the four-cylinder model estimated at 30 MPG highway and the V6 at 26 MPG highway in AWD trim.

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Genesis is the newest competitor in the luxury car market, a premium offering from the Hyundai Corporation. So far, cars from Genesis have been impressive and the G80 is one of the best AWD sedans in the segment. The Genesis offers exterior styling that will stand out in a parking lot full of Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Volvo, and Lexus vehicles, though it may not be appreciated by everyone. Inside the G80 has both the looks and high-end materials to make it a competitor in the category. The interior is roomy, with comfortable seating front and rear.

Browse Genesis G80 listings here.


Kia K5

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The Kia K5 is an exciting-looking bargain in the midsize AWD market starting at $27,685. This includes a well-built and attractive interior, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment, and an impressive suite of active safety features. The interior is quiet and has comfortable seating, and the trunk is spacious. The K5 is one of the more stylish offerings in the segment both inside and out.

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In AWD trim, the K5 is only available with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also standard. This combination delivers adequate power and good fuel economy but is strained when attempting to overtake vehicles in passing situations. AWD K5s get EPA estimated fuel efficiency of 33 MPG on the highway and in the 25 city.

Browse Kia K5 listings here.


Mazda Mazda3

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The lowest trim level that can be optioned with all-wheel-drive is the Mazda3 Preferred. When equipped with all-wheel-drive, the lowest-priced Mazda3 starts at $28,530. Preferred trim also options a higher-end interior, which includes leatherette seating surfaces, heated front seats, and a power moonroof. Overall the interior of the Mazda3 has a higher-end feel than most of the compact sedan competition.

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Two engine options are available in combination with AWD, and both use a six-speed automatic transmission. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 186 horsepower is the base AWD engine, and a 250-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged engine is available. The Mazda3 also has exciting driving dynamics, making it a compelling choice in a competitive segment. Not only is the Mazda3 fun to drive, it also offers good fuel economy. With the non-turbocharged engine, the EPA estimates 33 MPG highway and 28 city MPG. Turbocharged models still get an impressive 31 MPG highway and 23 city, considering the high power output.

Browse Mazda Mazda3 listings here.


Nissan Altima

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The Nissan Altima costs at least $28,395 when equipped with all-wheel-drive, a $1400 dollar premium compared to similarly equipped front-wheel-drive models. AWD is not available on the base trim, so buyers will be looking at SV trim or above. SV models include a standard 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Altima earns high praise for its spacious interior, with excellent seating and plenty of back seat legroom. Interior materials are high-quality and appropriate at each trim level. Interior noise is noted as high, especially under acceleration.

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A 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a CVT is the only drivetrain available with AWD. This package delivers good fuel economy for an AWD-equipped midsize sedan with an estimated 26 MPG city and 36 highway. The engine makes 188 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Power is acceptable and the ride is comfortable and stable, though unexciting. Trunk space is average for the category and should be adequate for all five passengers to bring along their gear.

Browse Nissan Altima listings here.


Porsche Taycan

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The all-electric Porsche Taycan is not budget-friendly for most buyers, but it is competitive with the best-selling all-electric luxury sedan, the Tesla Model S. In 4S trim, the cheapest AWD model, the Taycan rings up at $105,150, slightly undercutting the least expensive Model S. Inside the Porsche offers comfortable seating for four adults, surrounded by technology and luxury. Porsche offers nearly unlimited options and customization, including several flashy and exciting exterior colors.

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The 4S offers 522 horsepower in standard trim, but opting for the Performance Battery Plus pack ups that number to 562. The Taycan does not offer an estimated range nearing Tesla’s maximum of 400 miles, but reviewers found its range estimate to be conservative. The Taycan 4S is estimated to travel 199 miles between charges with the standard battery, and 227 with the upgrade. The Porsche may fall short of Tesla in performance and range statistics, but the build quality and factory backing may be worth it to the high-end EV sedan buyer.

Browse Porsche Taycan listings here.


Subaru Legacy

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The Subaru Legacy lives in the shadow of the Outback wagon, but this all-wheel-drive sedan offers many of the same characteristics in a sleeker package. With a starting price of $24,490, the Legacy also offers an excellent value in the midsized AWD sedan segment. The interior of the Legacy is somewhat dated, but well built, and features sturdy materials. Seating and cargo space are competitive and combined with one of the largest trunks in the class, the Legacy is an adventure-ready sedan.

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The standard powertrain is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower. In EX trim, power comes from a 260-horsepower turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Both engines are paired with a CVT. Fuel economy for the base engine is estimated at 27 MPG in the city and 35 on the highway. Turbo models get 24 city and 32 highway MPG. Turbocharged models offer excellent acceleration, but the standard engine is slower than most rivals.

Browse Subaru Legacy listings here.


Subaru Impreza

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The Subaru Impreza sedan is one lowest entry points into the AWD sedan market, starting at just $20,815. All Subarus, aside from the BRZ sports car, include Subaru‘s standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. This system offers decent traction in slippery conditions and excellent fuel economy for a vehicle with AWD. To get the best MPG you will have to opt for the CVT transmission, rather than the standard five-speed manual, which costs an additional $1300. The most efficient Imprezas are rated at up to 36 MPG on the highway.

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All Imprezas are powered by a 2.0-liter Boxer four-cylinder engine, making 152 horsepower. The engine diligently serves in low-speed situations but struggles to accelerate in higher-speed passing. Buyers wanting an Impreza with more power should look to the Subaru WRX sedan. The interior of the Impreza receives high marks for simplicity and practicality. Front-seat room is excellent and rear-seat passengers may find the space snug, but comfortable.

Browse Subaru Impreza listings here.


Toyota Camry

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Starting in 2020 the venerable Camry gained the option of AWD, making one of America’s favorite sedans an even more attractive prospect for buyers where road conditions may get slippery. With a starting price of $28,270 with AWD, the Camry is still a competent, affordable family hauler. The interior is well constructed, but some cheap plasticky materials make it less compelling than other modern competition.

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Though the Camry is available with a powerful V6, that engine cannot be combined with AWD. All-wheel-drive versions of the Camry make use of the base engine, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 203 horsepower. A smooth-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission handles gear changes. The Camry handles well and the suspension easily absorbs road imperfections. With AWD now available, the Camry may again be a compelling choice for families in snowy climates, looking for something more efficient than an SUV.

Browse Toyota Camry listings here.