you want a really effective all wheel drive vehicle, you should
consider the Subaru Outback. The one to consider is the 2.5i.
2.5i has a very important feature; a limited slip differential. This is on top of the already proven Subaru all
wheel drive system. All Subarus sold in the US since 1997 have had AWD
as standard. The Outback has been in a constant state of improvement
and fine tuning for years. It's not the most exciting looking car in
the world. But test drive one, and you'll probably feel that it exudes
a sense of safety. The car is extremely solid feeling , and you will
probably feel confident driving it right away. There are very few blind
spots that might obstruct the driver's view.
Subaru boxer engine is flat, not vertical, so all Subarus have a low
center of gravity. So they don't feel tippy on highway exit ramps.
less expensive Outback Basic doesn't have the limited slip
differential. If you think about it, the most demanding time you need
the traction of all wheel drive is going up a hill. Then, the weight
tends to shift toward the back of the vehicle. The question at the
point is, can the two back tires maintain traction as much as possible.
Limited slip divides the power to the rears wheels well, so if one
wheel was slipping, power is sent to the other back wheel.
Outback has more ground clearance that the Legacy Wagon. This can help
in deeper snow. If the undercarriage of the car drags on the snow,
chances are you're not going to be able to move, even if you have AWD.
non turbocharged 2.5 liter engine from Subaru can run on regular octane
gas. Other engines from Subaru require high octane. It also will get
you about the best gas mileage you can expect from a truly competent
video shows a comparison of a Subaru versus a Volvo V70 Cross County. I
think this is from Sweden, so it's a little confusing. I guess Subaru
sells a "Legacy Outback" in Sweden and separate models, the Outback and
the Legacy, in the US. But you'll get the idea; the Subaru has a steady
grip on the muddy incline. Notice also, that like a lot of AWD
vehicles, the Volvo can have one wheel spinning while another wheel
isn't even turning. AWD vehicles aren't all the same. And the Outback
with limited slip is really what Subaru is all about.