ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Should You Buy an All-Wheel (AWD) Drive Car?

Updated on September 29, 2012
The AMC Eagle AWD
The AMC Eagle AWD

Until recently, the only cars I have owned were AWD types, all Subaru Outbacks, the king of the AWD's. I liked the idea of the AWD always being "on", being able to go off road on rocky trails where many would not dare. They are solid cars built on a truck-like chassis. However, the one thing that for me was the turn off point was the gas mileage. Their 2.5 liter engines barely got 25 mph on highway, 20 in town; the 3.0 L was worse, 18 in town and 22 on the highway. The 2012 models do get better MPG.

The AWD cars are very popular in certain areas: outback in the country, Tahoe, mountainous areas. But for most owners, the AWD car is not a necessity. It is NOT a commuter car due to the MPG. If you are considering one, ask yourself, just how often will you NEED AWD? If the answer is seldom, consider a front wheel drive car only. The AWD is most needed in states with a good amount of snow. BUT, when Consumer Reports studied results of a braking test in snow between a Toyota Corolla and Land Rover, the Corolla (a front wheel drive) stopped more quickly!

Consider the cost, an AWD car or wagon costs an extra $3000 than a 2WD. Owning a AWD is about confidence, or an illusion that they are better because of the AWD. Not really, at least tests about fuel economy and stopping prove this. Traction is entirely different especially on snowy\icy roads, but again, if you seldom have this kind of weather\road conditions, think again. AWD cars tend to get quicker acceleration.

Thirty years ago, about the only American car with AWD was the AMC Eagle wagon. Now, 50% of the cars sold are AWD and about the same percentage of buyers probably do not really need them, they just think they do because of the advertising.

If the AWD cars ever get a MPG of 30 in town and 40-45 on the highway, I will rejoin the ranks, that is what my VW Jetta TDI gets now and I love it.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      How would hit hurt the environment?

    • Johnkadu123 profile image


      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Interesting hub. AWD is something I have never thought about before. The problem is that you could be harming the environment. However if you have the money to burn and do not mind moral challenges then it might be good to have a car that can do everything.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)