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By narrowing ourselves to the best AWD cars under $25,000, it is guaranteed that we will have to look for a few older models for the sports car and the luxury entries. Fortunately, there are a few solid AWD options when you look at new cars as well. As usual, we kept an eye on Consumer Reports accounts of these cars along with looking at NHTSA and IIHS data, then cross-referenced all prices between kbb.com and nadaguides.com.

AWD Volvo S80 under $25K

Volvo S80 under $25KVolvo is legendary for dependability and safety. It is also notorious for bland, grandfatherly type cars. The S80 was introduced in 1998 to fight that image, and has done so quite nicely. The S80 is also a well appointed car designed to compete with Cadillac, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. We priced the middle-level T6 trim in order to combine a 3.0L turbo with AWD so that you could still have a little bit of fun in your luxury car. You can find a 2010 Volvo S80 T6 for $20,000 in most areas of North America. Opting for the 4.4L V8 bumps the price to $26,500.

AWD BMW 5-series under $25K

AWD BMW 5 Series under $25KSince we mentioned BMW in the previous paragraph, we might as well look at one, right? The 5-series is a nice entry point to BMW’s luxury family sedans. These cars are well appointed and famously safe. You should be able to find a 2009 BMW 528i xDrive (xDrive denotes AWD) for $20,500 in your area. If you want to upgrade to the 535i xDrive, you should expect to pay nearly $24,000 for a 2009.

Subaru Legacy under $25K

Subaru Legacy under $25KPerhaps best known for the Outback and the WRX, Subaru happens to produce the AWD car with arguably the best fuel economy. A new 2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium sedan offers 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway and should be found for less than $23,000 in your area. The Legacy is like the more sedate, mature version of the automaker’s venerated, rally-inspired WRX (discussed below).

Subaru Impreza WRX under $25K

Subaru WRX under $25KFor the tuner enthusiasts out there, no list of AWD cars would be complete without the WRX being mentioned, and for good reason. These are great handling cars with a more than adequate factory powerplant. Then there is the crazy aftermarket. If you can imagine it, you can find it somewhere. That is partially why a new WRX is so expensive when new. We recommend that you buy a certified pre-owned (CPO) WRX, mainly because so many of them are modified. After all, there is no guarantee that the guy who modified the car knew what he was doing. You can find a CPO 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX in the neighborhood of $23,500.

AWD Chrysler 300C under $25K

AWD Chrysler 300 under $25,000The Chrysler 300C features a 5.7L Hemi V8 that is sure to thrill anyone who craves instant response from the gas pedal. The 300C also has a nicely appointed interior and quite a few tech gadgets, so it is a well rounded car. AWD is an option, so you will need to shop carefully. When you find a 2010 Chrysler 300C with AWD, you should expect to pay around $22,000 for it. The gas mileage is actually better than you might expect if you opt for the big Hemi engine, as cylinder deactivation at highway speeds means you get the economy of a four-cylinder with the power on tap for twice as many pistons.

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