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11 Best 2017 All-Wheel Drive Sedans

From award winning safety features to innovative all-wheel drivetrains, the 11 best AWD sedans of 2017 are here. The Subaru Legacy is our lowest priced best AWD sedan starting around $23,995. It is efficient, sporty, practical, and doesn’t cheat anything in terms of performance. Subaru makes a more simplistic vehicle with a focus on safety over lavish upgrades you may not even use.

Our list also includes the 2017 Chrysler 300, which is slightly more expensive with a starting price point of around $34,840. Both the Chrysler and Subaru are great options if you are looking to keep maintenance costs down. The Subaru is slightly lower than the Chrysler but what it lacks in speed it makes up for by holding its resale value better. If you are looking for the sharpest looking car for your buck, we recommend trying the Chrysler out first. The Mercedes CLA is a 4MATIC all-wheel drive sedan offering a luxury name for a price comparable to the Chrysler 300.

When you take a step up in price you open the doors to the AWD Hyundai Genesis G80, Lincoln Continental, Volvo S90, and Cadillac CT6.  Listed from low to high in terms of price, these AWD sedans start at around $43,900 and go up from there. The G80 and Continental offer a plethora of high quality innovative features that will make your friends think you spent way more money than you actually did. Plus, both the G80 and Continental require reasonably normal maintenance in terms of frequency and cost. The Cadillac CT6 is extremely impressive in terms of an elegant and sporty car that is not too flashy. Not to mention, it has award-winning safety features.

Almost at the top of the ladder you will find the AWD Audi S6, Tesla S75D, and Porsche Panamera. From low to high these start around $70,900 to $89,600 and go up from there. These are all relatively large sedans with thrilling power.  This price point comes with perks, like elongated wheelbases, bold front grills, and superior designs. That being said, most of the features offered standard or available as upgrades can be found in less pricey AWD sedans. If you can talk yourself out of a brand like Porsche and look at something like the Lincoln Continental, you might be surprised at how little you even notice the difference.

At the tip top of our list is the BMW B7 Alpina starting out at around $137,000. It’s easy to instantly reject a price tag like that but not after you test drive one! The iconic BMW brand is just the finishing touch on this vehicle’s futuristic design. Consumers often struggle to differentiate what they want vs. what it is actually worth. Similar to buying a diamond, only the expert knows the difference, especially if they look the same. Our list has made a smooth path out of rugged terrain, helping you identify the best AWD sedans.

1. 2017 Subaru Legacy

The mid-size 2017 Subaru Legacy sedan has a total interior space of 119.6 cubic feet. More than any other in its class, including the Chrysler 300 and Ford. Subaru specializes in creating symmetrical all-wheel drive vehicles just like the Legacy, which has traction, balance, and control to give you peace of mind.

The 2017 trim levels offered are:

  • 2.5i starting at $23,995
  • 2.5i Sport starting at $25,995
  • 2.5i Limited starting at $28,840
  • 3.6R Limited starting at $31,640

All trims feature a Subaru BOXER Engine. The 2.5L models are 4-cylinders with 175 HP. The 3.6R is a 6-cylinder with 256 HP. Both are paired with Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT transmission making them get the most efficient MPG. The 2.5L runs about 34-MPG on the highway and the 3.6R runs about 28-MPG on the highway.

All models come standard with automatic steering and braking inputs that provide road clinging performance. Subaru calls this feature Vehicle Dynamic Control with Active Torque Vectoring. Similar to the Cadillac CT6, the Legacy Sport and Limited models have the option for advanced safety features such as Eyesight Driver Assistance. The Legacy has pre-collision monitors that aid the brake system to help avoid accidents. Although the Legacy is a simpler version of its competitors its durability and practicality make up for what it lacks in terms of standard upgrades.

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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]