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All-wheel drive (AWD) cars can be fun to drive and offer an added feeling of safety during periods of inclement weather. They can also be expensive; however, with a budget of $40,000, you can find several desirable options to choose from. Here are a few of the best AWD cars under $40,000. As usual, we arrived at the prices mentioned by cross-referencing kbb.com and nadaguides.com.

Audi TT Quattro

Audi TT AWD under $40KDriving an Audi is always a pleasurable experience, but the best experience within the automaker’s offerings may be the TT Quattro. The combination of AWD, a 2.0L turbo-charged engine, and the fun of the paddle shifters of a six-speed Steptronic transmission make the TT Quattro hard to resist. Since our price point is 40 grand, we priced out a higher trim level. You should be able to find a 2012 Audi TTS Quattro $37,000 in your area.

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Legacy under $40KPerhaps better known for the Impreza WRX and the Outback, Subaru offers a nice family sedan in the Legacy. The Legacy is also a very affordable car that offers excellent fuel economy for an AWD vehicle and it has an outstanding safety record. You can find a 2014 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium for less than $23,000 in most areas.

Subaru Impreza WRX

Subaru WRX under $40KWe could not mention the WRX without pricing one out for the tuner enthusiasts reading along. The WRX is the most frequently tricked out and tuned up car in North America. That is most likely due to  the fact it is wickedly quick and crazy fun to handle even when stock. Unfortunately, perhaps in part because of its popularity, it is an expensive car to buy. Since we have 40 large to play with, we priced out the top of the line trim. You can find a 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi Limited with a 2.5L turbo and a 6-speed manual for $37,000 in most markets.

Nissan Juke

Nissan Juke AWDThe Juke is considered a crossover instead of a car, but its small size and fun handling make it drive more like a car, so we included it here. The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO package is available with AWD and a six-speed manual transmission. Each trim level of the Juke has a standard 1.6L turbo engine. You can find a 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO under $24,000 in most areas.

Mercedes-Benz C-class

Mercedes C Class AWDOur list would not feel quite complete without an German entry. Mercedes-Benz offers quite a few AWD options, but many owners consider the C-class to be the most reliable. The AMG may be the top of the line trim, but the C350 Sport is very comparable and much more affordable. You should be able to find a 2012 Mercedes-Benz C350 Sport featuring an exhilarating 3.5L V6 and a seven-speed paddle shifter for $31,000.

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