Should I consider an all-wheel-drive car?
September 30, 2012 12:09 PM Subscribe
Should I buy an all-wheel-drive car?
posted by eeby to travel & transportation (26 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm shopping for a car. I'm looking for a five-door hatchback, such as a Subaru Impreza WRX or a Nissan Juke, or something along those lines. I'm open to new or used.
Currently, I mostly drive in dry conditions, but I may move to a snowy area at some point in the next few years.
Let's say I buy a Juke. You can get FWD or AWD. Nissan has what they call "torque vectoring All-Wheel Drive."
I've heard that AWD is only needed if you drive in ice and snow a lot and that AWD systems cost more to maintain and produce lower gas mileage.
But maybe that's old news -- perhaps the story has changed with the newer generation of cars or something?
Also, I thought it's worth asking because each manufacturer implements AWD in their own way, so perhaps the above is more true of some than others.
(Also, anyone have any thoughts on the WRX or Juke?)
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!