Believe it or not, the holidays are quickly approaching, and winter driving is not far behind. So, it’s time to think about how the changing seasons will impact road conditions. For many drivers, the solution for getting out of town (and off the beaten path) is a super-safe all-wheel drive vehicle. But traditionally, putting power to all four wheels has meant a big hit on fuel economy. That doesn’t sit well with green-leaning drivers who like to take adventures into nature, while using fewer of its resources (not to mention folks trying to avoid $100 fill-ups).
Fortunately, there are a growing number of rugged road-gripping models that use less gas to reach the great outdoors—or grandma’s Thanksgiving Day feast. Here are the top seven models that deserve a look from any car shopper wanting to combine 4WD with MPG.
Note: For our purposes, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are synonymous. They both describe the ability to apply torque to all four wheels.