All-wheel drive can be a great feature to have in a car, but since these systems often add to the total price tag of a vehicle, many consumers think they need to steer clear of AWD models when shopping for an affordable vehicle. However, some of the cheapest all-wheel drive cars on the market start under $30,000.
So, what are the top least-expensive AWD cars in 2022? Here are the 8 most affordable, according to Truecar:
1. 2022 Subaru Impreza Sedan or Hatchback
Starting MSRP: $19,790
The cheapest all-wheel drive car on Truecar’s list, the Subaru Impreza has been a long-time favorite of drivers on a budget. It’s one of the few sedans that offer standard AWD, and its 28 MPG in the city makes it a particularly affordable choice. The cons? It’s not very sporty and there’s no hybrid option.
2. 2022 Mazda3 Sedan or Hatchback
Starting MSRP: $21,815
The 2022 Mazda3 is the second-cheapest AWD option in the pack and is a tough competitor to Subaru’s affordable compact. Mazda’s five-seater is a popular choice for thrifty shoppers who are looking for a bit more sizzle in their sedan and some heat in their hatchback.
3. 2022 Subaru Legacy Sedan
Starting MSRP: $23,990
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Subaru cars make it onto Truecar’s list twice; this brand has built its fanbase on its standard all-wheel drive. While a few thousand more than the Impreza, the Subaru Legacy is another affordable AWD sedan thanks to a laundry list of standard features and up to 27 MPG in the city.
4. 2022 Kia K5 Sedan
Starting MSRP: $24,815
This bold Kia K5 sneaks in with a sub-$25,000 starting price and some of the most striking styling among these cheap AWD cars. An all-wheel drive system does not come standard on the Kia K5, but even a well-equipped model can satisfy a frugal budget.
5. 2022 Nissan Altima Sedan
Starting MSRP: $25,675
The Altima is a staple of the affordable-sedan market, and there’s no exception for its all-wheel drive models. The interior is comfortable and spacious, fuel economy is impressive for its size, and you can even opt for oomph with a 2.0-liter turbo (though, you’ll need to settle for FWD with that engine).
6. 2022 Toyota Prius Hybrid
Starting MSRP: $25,650
The Prius may be a polarizing little vehicle, but it is one of the most affordable all-wheel drive hybrid cars on the road. Rated up to 51 MPG in the city, it’s likely the best AWD car for gas mileage that you’ll find in this price range. Trim levels of the Prius Hybrid that offer all-wheel drive include the LE AWD-e, XLE AWD-e, and the Nightshade Edition AWD-e.
7. 2022 Toyota Camry Sedan
Starting MSRP: $26,420
The Camry is a frequent flier on just about any “cheapest cars” list—Toyota follows a tried-and-true recipe for this family sedan, and the addition of all-wheel drive on select models makes it an even stronger contender for the best affordable car. Trim levels of the Camry that offer AWD include the SE Nightshade, XLE, and XSE.
8. 2022 MINI Clubman Hatchback
Starting MSRP: $30,750
The MINI Clubman Hatchback misses being ranked as an “under $30,000” all-wheel drive car by a few hundred dollars, but it’s still a great value for what you get. Tons of room for cargo, sporty performance, and MINI’s classic cabin finery make the all-wheel drive Clubman a top pick.
Will one of these cheap all-wheel drive cars fit into your budget?
If your budget is $35,000 or less, any car on this list should fit the bill. The extra bit of good news? Some of these most-affordable cars are also the most reliable AWD cars, too.
The cheapest all-wheel drive cars to buy also tend to be the cheapest to lease, so consider leasing if your budget is really tight.