Many people believe that when it comes to winter weather, a full-sized SUV is more practical than a crossover. However, many crossovers also come with AWD that can grip the road with all four wheels in dangerous winter conditions. Consider these affordable crossovers that all come equipped with AWD.
1. Ford EcoSport
With one of the cheapest entry-level pricetags, the Ford EcoSport S model sells for around $19,000. This model doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles, but it’s spacious and comfortable, with plenty of safety features.
Once you move up the trim levels, you can get heated front seats, a sunroof, and a large multimedia display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. To keep you safe during the winter months, all trim levels have an AWD system. The SES trim comes standard with an Intelligent AWD and still costs under $30,000.
2. Honda HR-V
The Honda HR-V may look like a compact SUV on the outside, but it offers some of the best space in its class. The cargo area is roomy, and if you need extra space, the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split. The HR-V comes with a full suite of safety and technological features, but one of the best features is the Honda Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System.
With this system, the HR-V automatically sends power to the back wheels when it senses a loss of traction. This transition to AWD is so seamless you hardly notice it. All trim levels come with an available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System. On the Touring models, however, it comes standard. New models of the Honda HR-V start at around $20,000.
3. Hyundai Kona
The Hyundai Kona is one of the sportiest and stylish crossovers. Its turbocharged engine gives the vehicle added power, and its narrow design makes it easily maneuverable.
One of the reasons why the Kona is growing in popularity is because of its wide range of standard safety features. Features that are standard on all trim levels include Anti-Lock Braking System, Lane-Keeping Assist system, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Driver Attention Warning. At around $23,000, all trim levels also come with an available AWD system.
4. Jeep Compass
At first glance, the Jeep Compass may not look as tough and rugged as the infamous Wrangler. But it’s just as capable of off-road adventures. With dual-zone automatic climate control, the Compass’s interior features an available steering wheel and heated front seats. No matter the trim level, every Compass model comes with an Available Active Drive 4×4 system.
This 4WD system comes with a Selec-Terrain driving system that allows you to customize your driving experience based on the terrain. You can easily switch between four modes, Sport, Sand/Mud, Snow, and Auto. All trims come with the 4×4 system, but the Trailhawk trim adds a Rock Mode and 4WD Low setting. The Jeep Compass is surprisingly inexpensive, no matter the trim, with new models starting at around $23,000.