Sedans with all-wheel drive are very popular with consumers, who can enjoy all the advantages of all-wheel drive without having to get a sport utility vehicle.
But what is the best all-wheel drive car to buy in 2022-2023? Several models can claim this title, according to their respective category. Yet, what’s all-wheel drive? It’s a system that provides power to all four wheels, instead of only the front wheels. It’s also known under the acronym “AWD.”
Here are some of the best AWD sedans you can find on the new and used car market!
- Average Price: $48,400 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: All versions are now equipped with a 4-cylinders engine generating 261 horsepower.
Equipped with the standard Quattro system on all its versions, the Audi A4 is the manufacturer’s most popular sedan. Boasting 261 horsepower, the A4 also provides substantial fuel efficiency with 7.0 L/100 km on the highway.
Another Audi Quattro sedan, the A3, is also available. It’s more compact than the A4, but just as interesting to drive!
One of the most affordable luxury sedans on the market, and it provides a dynamic driving experienceDisadvantages
Only one available powertrain
- Average Price: $25,455 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Older models are offered in both sedan and hatchback versions with five doors, but only as sedans with five doors in 2023
Equipped with Subaru’s legendary standard symmetrical all-wheel drive, the Impreza offers a good number of trims, an engine with 152 horsepower, an athletic design and a fuel consumption evaluated at 7.7 L/100 km on the highway. This small car with high-performance AWD deserves your attention.
Offers a choice between five-speed manual transmission or CVT, an advantageous price range, plus the reputation of its AWD is indisputableDisadvantages
At only 152 horsepower it’s at a disadvantage in comparison with its competitors
- Average Price: $69,150 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: It packs between 300 and 375 horsepower
New on the market, the Genesis G80 amazes with its high-performance powertrains. Its all-wheel drive is available on all its trims. If you’re looking for a powerful sedan, with good fuel efficiency (7.9 L/100 km on the highway), upscale features and a breathtaking design, the G80 will certainly please you.
An electric version is also availableDisadvantages
Less affordable, because of its higher price
- Average Price: $21,400 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Excellent value for money
The Mazda3 is fuel-efficient and is one of the few sedans in its category offering all-wheel drive on some of its versions. With 155 to 227 horsepower and fuel consumption between 7.2 L and 7.3 L/100 km on the highway (AWD models), it continues to be a great purchase for consumers looking for an AWD compact sedan.
Very affordable vehicle, tested and proven reliability, a good number of in-car technologiesDisadvantages
All-wheel drive is not offered on the entry-level trims
- Average Price: $67,400 (basic model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Impressive fuel efficiency despite its powerful TFSI engines
Luxurious, high-performance, and equipped with Audi’s Quattro system, the A6 has many strong points. Its dynamic and elegant silhouette, its 261 to 335 horsepower paired with a fuel efficiency of 7.5 to 7.8 L/100 km on the highway makes this AWD car an obvious choice in its category.
All-wheel drive standard on all its trims; spacious, upscale and well-equipped cabinDisadvantages
Slightly higher price, but still competitive in its category
- Average Price: $32,968 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Attractive price
All Nissan Altima’s trims have the all-wheel drive system, paired with a powertrain of 182 horsepower and with a fuel consumption on the highway between 6.5 and 6.7 L/100 km. Its modern and dynamic design makes the Nissan Altima hard to overlook.
Outstanding fuel efficiency, spacious and comfortable cabinDisadvantages
Less in-car technologies for the base model in comparison with its competitors
- Average Price: $108,000 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Its phenomenal engine that can reach 690 horsepower
One glance at the silhouette of the Porsche Panamera is enough to tell you what might be under the hood. That’s right: the different powertrains available (fuel or plug-in hybrid) generate a massive 325 to 690 horsepower. Note that not all the versions of the Panamera have all-wheel drive.
In terms of fuel consumption on the highway, it gives you between 9.8 and 10.8 L/100 km (4.9 Le/100 km for the plug-in hybrid models).
An impressive number of trims; as sporty a driving experience as you could wish; a spacious and opulent cabin and advanced in-car technologiesDisadvantages
Because of its price range, the Panamera is not a car everyone can afford
- Average Price: $49,590 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Great fuel efficiency on the highway, between 5.2 and 7.3 L/100 km.
With up to 302 horsepower, the Lexus ES gives exceptional value for money. All the trims of the ES offer all-wheel drive, except for the hybrid versions.
Its elegant silhouette, driving pleasure and legendary reliability characteristic of Toyota makes it one of those must-try sedans.
Choice between two different powertrains, plus the possibility of hybrid versionsDisadvantages
All-wheel drive is not available on the hybrid models
- Average Price: $69,150 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Its powerful engines
Offering audacious silhouette and solid performance, the Acura TLX offer different powertrains to choose from, packing between 272 and 355 horsepower. In addition, it comes with all-wheel drive standard on all its trims.
A bold design, an interior with a flawless finish and numerous technologiesDisadvantages
Its fuel consumption is higher than most of its competitors (between 8.1 and 9.8 L/100 km on the highway)
Tesla Model S
- Average Price: $135,000 (base model)
- Most Interesting Characteristic: Intoxicating power reaching an almost obscene 1,020 horsepower
The only all-electric car on this top 10, the Tesla Model S is also one of the only cars in its category to offer all-wheel drive. Its main assets may be the silent and comfortable ride, the futuristic and sophisticated cabin and its engine’s exceptional power.
The Model S offers considerable range, as well as numerous features with cutting-edge technologyDisadvantages
Its higher price
As you can see, the Audi models that we introduced in this top 10 have nothing to envy the competition. To know more about our A4 and A6 models, come and see us today at Audi Lauzon in Laval, close to Montreal!