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10 Best 2017 All-Wheel-Drive Sports Cars

If you are on the search for your next adrenaline-rushing sports car you can be confident that there is one with your name on it on this list of the best AWD sports cars. Every single one of these top ranked sports cars has a flawless, futuristic, and bold design no matter what angle you look at them from. Whether you are letting your pockets come unzipped with an endless budget or you are looking to get the most of your budget, this list covers multiple price points.

If your focus leans towards a performance based AWD sports car that understands your day-day-life and offers maximized practicality, the Volkswagen Golf R, Subaru WRX STI, Cadillac CTS-V, or the Porsche 911 Turbo S are great options. Some alternatives to these well-rounded sports cars that are available in AWD are the Lexus GS F, Ford Focus RS, or the Infiniti Q70.

Infiniti, which is owned by Nissan, is on the upward trend with their newly designed high performance luxury coupes and sport sedans. Keep in mind that maintenance can cost you a pretty penny on highline brands such as BMW, Audi or Porsche. So finding a AWD sports car, such as the Infiniti Q70, that fulfills your superficial desires and need for speed but is also reliable and easy to maintain is a homerun for the practical consumer.

For those who care more about what’s under the hood of their AWD sports car than how many seats they can offer their friends, should pay close attention to the Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R, Tesla Model S P100D, or BMW M240i XDrive. These power packed AWD sports cars are the total package in regards to performance, price and technology. If there is still something missing from these sports cars you might find what you are looking for in the Audi R8 V10, BMW M2, or if you want to enter the land of Ferrari’s at the top of the class you could check out the Ferrari 458.

Jump into the passenger seat and let’s navigate our way through the top ten best AWD sports cars!

10. Acura NSX

The wait is over! The NSX continued its 25 years of history when it was re-introduced in 2016 by Acura. The two door, two seat, AWD sports coupe known as the, “dream machine,” and Performance Car Of The Year, is back. The NSX was designed with you in mind, serving as more than your beloved sports car, but also as an emotional attachment. A sculpted piece of art is one way to describe the NSX from its jewel headlights accenting its daring front-end personality, to its sharp lines, low cabin within the wheelbase, and 3D vibe. Oh and the best part, the exterior design team was led by a female, nice work Michelle Christensen!

NSX sits on a pedestal thanks to its hybrid powertrain equipped with three electric motors and an innovative weight-saving design. The NSX offers a mid-mounted V-6 3.5L twin turbo with 573-horsepower, making it a tough competitor against:

  • The Porsche 911 Turbo S with its 3.8L, V6, and 580 HP
  • The Audi R8, with its 5.2L, V10, and 540 HP
  • The Ferrari 458 with it 4.5L, V8, and 562 HP.

The NSX advertises 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is comparable to the Audi R8 and Porsche 911. When you weigh the total value of the Acura NSX it dazzle more than your eyes, coming in at the bottom of the pricing sector in its class—starting around $156,000. Being manufactured by Acura, a company that designs vehicles for everyday practical use, you get a thrilling drive with everyday practicality.

About Chuck Giametta

This nationally recognized, award-winning writer brings to Carpreview.com two decades of automotive testing and reporting for newspapers, books, magazines, and the Internet. The former Executive Auto Editor of Consumer Guide, Chuck has covered cars for HowStuffWorks.com, Collectible Automobile magazine, and the Publications International Ltd. automotive book series. This ex-newspaper reporter has also appeared as an automotive expert on network television and radio. He’s a charter member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association, the president of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Media association, and a juror for the annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards. Chuck writes from Colorado Springs, Colo. If you have a question for Chuck, write to him at [email protected]