Carole A., West Orange, N.J.

No dice on a hybrid midsize sedan with all-wheel drive, but depending on your definition of “good gas mileage,” you have at least a few choices. The bad news is that most all-wheel-drive sedans with luxury touches come at luxury prices. The only hybrid/all-wheel-drive sedan available is the Lexus LS 600h, which has a base price north of $112,000.

Perhaps your best all-around choice would be the Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited. This all-wheel-drive sedan starts at a little under $26,000, has EPA ratings of 23/32 mpg city/highway and was a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. You will have to make the call if it has enough luxury touches.


The 2013 Ford Fusion is another good candidate, with a base price of $32,200 for the all-wheel-drive Titanium model and EPA ratings of 22/31 mpg. The Fusion is redesigned for 2013, so the reliability has yet to be proved. The Audi A4 is another possibility, though prices start at more than $33,000, and the tight rear seat means it isn’t quite midsize.

You didn’t specify a price range, but we’re guessing you’re not in the same spending league as Donald Trump. Unfortunately, most all-wheel-drive sedans are offered by luxury brands. The BMW 528i xDrive has the luxury and mileage you desire (22/33 mpg), but it starts at nearly $50,000 and requires premium gas. The $50,000 Audi A6 3.0 Premium Quattro is in the same category.

All-wheel drive is a great feature to have in foul weather, but it adds to the cost of a vehicle and subtracts from the fuel economy because the added weight and driving all four wheels at least occasionally.

The Vehicle Recommender can help you find what you’re looking for as well as what you can afford, so that should be one of the first stops on your shopping trip.

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Answered by Rick Popely on December 12, 2012 in How Safe is This Car? | Permalink

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