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AWD cars can be expensive, but with a price point of $15,000 there are plenty of gently used options available. As usual we looked over some Consumer Reports reviews, IIHS and NHTSA safety stats, then checked kbb.com and nadaguides.com for price information. All prices listed here are the fair retail price, so you might be able to save some money if you can find the same car through a private seller. Well, here we go with the best AWD cars under $15,000.

AWD Dodge Charger

AWD Dodge Charger under $15KSince its re-introduction, the Dodge Charger has been a popular car. RWD is standard, but AWD is an option on every trim level. The Charger SXT is a fun car featuring a 3.5L HO engine. You can find a 2008 Dodge Charger SXT for $15,000. The Hemi engine, while even more fun, will push the price too high, over $15,000. If you check YouTube, there are some fun videos of professional drivers playing with AWD Chargers in the snow, to give you an idea of the system’s performance on slippery surfaces.

AWD BMW 5-series

BMW 5 Series AWD under $15KBMW is well known for its fun to drive luxury cars. The 5-series features a sporty 3.0L V6 paired with the Steptronic transmission that is a fun drive in town or across the country. The x-drive (BMW designation for AWD) is a great system that seems to meld with the driver for a road hugging thrill ride even if you are just running out for a gallon of milk. You should be able to find a 2007 BMW 525 xi for $13,700 in your area.

AWD Lincoln MKZ

AWD Lincoln MKZ under $15KLincoln is definitely not a car known for being an AWD star. AWD is an option that most people are not even aware that Lincoln offers. The MKZ features a powerful 3.5L V6 fitted to a smooth shifting six-speed transmission. You should be able to find a luxurious 2008 Lincoln MKZ base model with AWD for $13,000. As you know, Ford is the company behind Lincoln, and the only domestic automakers not to be given a government bailout.

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy under $15KSubaru is perhaps the best known name in the AWD arena. Admittedly, when most people think of Subaru, they think of the Outback or the WRX, but the Legacy is a great family sedan that offers the best fuel efficiency within the AWD group. You can find a 2009 Subaru Legacy 2.5i base model for $11,500. If you want to upgrade to the sportier 3.0L V6, a 2009 Subaru Legacy 3.0 R will set you back $17,500.

Volkswagen Jetta

AWD Jetta Under $15KHere we are, the last entry on this list. Usually, you would find a sports car, probably an Audi, but we decided to shake things up this time. Volkswagen has several fun to drive options, but the Jetta is the only one that features AWD. AWD is only available on one trim level. Fortunately, the Jetta 4Motion sedan features a responsive 3.6L V6 paired with a fun Tiptronic transmission. You will find a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 3.6 4Motion sedan for $15,000. If you prefer a wagon, you can find a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta 3.6 4Motion wagon for $17,900.

If you can spend a bit more, check this list of AWD models priced at $20K and below.

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