Updated: November 27, 2013 7:00 AM

Best used car deals on all-wheel-drive cars and SUVs

Winter is coming soon, with heavy rain, slippery roads, wind storms, and even snow announcing its imminent arrival. If you’re looking for a fresh car with the added foul-road security of all-wheel drive, consider these Consumer Reports recommended models.

In our latest used-car price analysis, we found that there are plenty of deals on pre-owned vehicles with AWD. When it comes to four-wheel traction, many shoppers gravitate toward the larger SUVs, but there are many sedans, wagons, and small SUVs that can provide sure-footed traction and decent fuel economy.

Whatever your preferred car type, there are savings to be had when choosing to buy used, rather than pay full price on a new model. To make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we've identified some of the best money-saving deals on good, used AWD vehicles.

Check out our top deals for recommended used vehicles with AWD (all are from the 2010-2012 model years). We placed the vehicles in order, starting with the cheapest price you might be able to get when buying from the dealer. The models listed below cost 16 to 49 percent less than the retail price when the vehicle was new; all are under $20,000. Plus, they have at least average reliability according to our latest subscriber survey.

VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Pontiac Vibe51,000$20,275$11,72542%
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander51,000$22,240$12,37544%
2010 Subaru Impreza51,000$18,495$13,10029%
2010 Mercury Milan51,000$27,800$13,35052%
2010 Nissan Rogue51,000$21,540$13,95035%
2010 Toyota Matrix51,000$20,910$14,32531%
2010 Ford Fusion51,000$27,790$14,82547%
2011 Mercury Milan40,000$28,645$15,37546%
2011 Subaru Impreza40,000$18,495$15,52516%
2011 Nissan Rogue40,000$22,060$15,55030%
2010 Toyota RAV451,000$24,935$16,00036%
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander40,000$24,495$16,45033%
2012 Nissan Rogue22,000$22,780$17,02525%
2010 Subaru Forester51,000$23,795$17,80025%
2010 Honda CR-V51,000$25,095$17,90029%
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander22,000$23,295$17,95023%
2012 Toyota Matrix22,000$21,715$18,12517%
2010 Lincoln MKZ51,000$36,005$18,47549%
2011 Toyota RAV440,000$25,460$18,50027%
2012 Ford Fusion22,000$28,760$18,90034%
2011 Ford Fusion40,000$28,645$19,02534%
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour51,000$34,020$19,07544%

Buying a used car has many benefits. Most important is that the original owner takes the initial depreciation hit, as new cars lose much more value in the first and second years than those that follow. Late-model vehicles typically have the latest safety equipment (such as curtain air bags and stability control), are still affordable, and have much of their service life ahead.

When shopping, look for models that scored well in Consumer Reports’ tests when new, have proven reliability, and perform well in government and insurance industry safety tests. Before handing over the cash, have the vehicle inspected by a trained and trusted mechanic to make sure there are no hidden problems.

See our complete list of used-car deals across a variety of vehicle categories. Full used car pricing information is available to Cars Best Deals Plus subscribers on themodel overview pages. Consumer Reports also offers individualUsed Car Price Reportson vehicles from the 2004-2013 model years. Pricing information can be adjusted for vehicle condition, mileage and optional equipment.

—Liza Barth

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