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  • The 2022 Toyota Prius has world-beating fuel economy and AWD grip
  • A 2022 Subaru Legacy shows up the Honda Accord with AWD
  • Buy a 2021 Volvo V60 if you need all things to all (wheel drive) men

Driving AWD cars is all about compromise. You’re getting extra grip at the cost of increased consumables wear, for one. Unfortunately, that means more money spent on both tires and brakes. However, these five new cars manage to give you AWD grip without extra fuel costs. And in the face of surging gas prices, that may not be the worst thing in the world.

A black 2022 Toyota Prius with AWD shot from the front 3/4 in a dark photo studio
The 2022 Toyota Prius uses AWD to its advantage | Toyota

The 2022 Toyota Prius is an AWD car that gets 51 mpg

Obviously, the 2022 Toyota Prius, is, well, the obvious answer. If you need an AWD car that gets great gas mileage and will do so reliably, it’s hard not to mention the 2022 Toyota Prius. Starting at $24,625 the 2022 Prius is also one of the cheapest cars on the list, and returns a stellar 51 MGPe in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

All-wheel drive doesn’t sap the 2022 Subaru Impreza’s fuel economy

A blue 2022 Subaru Impreza with all-wheel drive shot from the front 3/4 angle
Subaru does all-wheel drive right | Subaru

In keeping with traditional and obvious choices, the ever-frugal 2022 Subaru Impreza is an AWD car that won’t break the bank. Starting at a shockingly low $18,795 the 2022 Subaru Impreza can manage 28 mpg in town and 36 mpg on the highway, per TrueCar. Plus, it’s one of the cheapest ways into the ever-practical Subaru wagon format.

The 2022 Audi A3 is an AWD luxury sedan with solid fuel economy

A grey 2022 Audi A3 sedan with Quattro AWD shot from the front 3/4 at sunset
Audi’s Quattro AWD system is one of the best in the business | Audi

The 2022 Audi A3 is pretty much the complete opposite of the Impreza. About the only thing these AWD cars have in common is all-wheel drive. And their fuel economy figures. The A3 will also manage 28 mpg in town and 36 mpg on the highway. However, the price reflects the A3’s standing as an entry-level luxury car, starting at $34,945.

A 2022 Subaru Legacy is the all-wheel drive Honda Accord

A blue 2022 Subaru Legacy shot from the front 3/4 in a city
The Legacy gets a leg up on the Accord with all-wheel drive | Subaru

It’s no secret consumers love the Honda Accord. But if you need that AWD car, the Subaru Legacy offers all the benefits of an Accord plus the brand’s killer AWD system. And it’ll do 27 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. For $23,995. As far as full-size sedan deals go, the Legacy is up there.

Buy a 2021 Volvo V60 if you want luxury, fuel economy, and grip all in one

A white 2021 Volvo V60 shot from the front 3/4
The Volvo V60 is as luxurious as it is practical | Volvo

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The 2021 Volvo V60 is an amalgamation of everything on this list and then some. With AWD, 30 mpg combined, and killer wagon looks, it’s hard to go wrong here. The catch? A $42,045 MSRP. Pricey, but if you want everything an AWD car with solid fuel economy has to offer, you’d best go see the folks in Gothenburg.