All-wheel drive vehicles
The 2012 Subaru Impreza, unveiled at the New York Auto Show this spring, has the highest projected gas mileage of any all-wheel drive vehicle on sale in the U.S. this year: 27 mpg city and an impressive 36 mpg highway. Now Subaru has released pricing for its compact four-door sedan and hatchback models, and while the fuel efficiency has risen, the price hasn't. Subaru held the line entirely, pricing the base 2012 Impreza 2.0i sedan with a five-speed manual gearbox at $17,495 (plus a mandatory $750 delivery fee on all models). That's exactly the same price as the comparable model last year...
Reader Q: All-Wheel Drive Hybrid Or Diesel Cars (Not Trucks)?
We get some of our most interesting topics from reader questions. Past questions include how emergency responders should react to hybrid and electric cars, and whether towing a Prius behind a motorhome is a good idea. Today, we have a query about green cars (not trucks) that offer all-wheel drive...John Voelcker
Why Ford Would Be Crazy To Kill The Escape Hybrid: Real AWD
Ford has made lots of changes to its model lineup of late, some of them remarkably quickly. Now comes word that the new Ford Escape compact crossover for 2013 may not include the Escape Hybrid model it has sold since 2004. We think that would be a terrible shame, because it takes off the market a...John Voelcker
Advice: Better Gas Mileage, Used Small, All-Wheel-Drive SUV--UPDATE
UPDATE: Well, we got a note from Denise: I bought a car today. It's a certified pre-owned 2005 Toyota RAV4, single owner, 41K miles. The only thing I need for it is an iPod adapter! It's really nice, fabulous condition, and I did fairly well on both the price and trade-in. What do you think of her...John Voelcker
2012 Subaru Impreza: Video Walkaround Of New 36-MPG AWD Car
The list of compact cars offered with all-wheel-drive as an option is short. The list of compact cars that come with all-wheel-drive standard is even shorter: Subaru Impreza. For 2012, Subaru has restyled its Impreza compact sedan and hatchback, and fitted them with a new and more fuel-efficient...John Voelcker
AWD 2012 Subaru Impreza: 36 MPG Highway--NY Auto Show Preview
All-wheel-drive is an increasingly popular option in new vehicles, especially in areas of the country that get snow. But the security of having all four wheels powered in your car can be offset by the price of the option and, in most cases, a significant gas mileage penalty. And these days, it's...John Voelcker
Usually it's a good thing when a major political figure mentions an automotive brand. Unless, perhaps, it involves tax dollars and automaker bankruptcy rescues, but hopefully we're past that now. Still, some Subaru drivers may wonder whether they should feel a little nervous now that telegenic right-wing icon and former Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has suggested that her followers should stop them on the road. Appearing in Searchlight, Nevada (pop: 576), last Saturday, Palin said, "That bumper sticker that maybe you'll see on the next Subaru driving by--an Obama bumper sticker--you...