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Top 7 Greenest All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

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Top 7 Greenest All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

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.

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1:23PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

noted

6:22PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Lots of them aren't even available in Oz! And the MPG are also confusing!

10:10PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Be pretty hard to stop people from choosing a private car as an option. So, any green is better then none.

12:00PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Timely info - my car's engine blew up today!

6:55AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

Thanks.

6:18AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

thanks

2:43AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

5:26PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thanks.

4:49PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Frankly, by buying a new car, one can be responsible for incredible amounts of carbon expendure, just in its manufacture, alone. Automobiles provide a huge impact upon the environment and the fact that they get 50mpg doesn't take into account a fraction of the real impacts they are responsible for.
Mass transit, bicycling and walking are really the best for the environment and most economical ways to get around.

3:16PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Been driving Subarus for years, but wish they'd bring their diesel here, or get their regenerative hybrid to market a little faster.

As for Joe V. and Vladimir M., nobody cares what you two, limp-dick, douche-bag trolls think. If you were real men, you wouldn't hide behind profiles with no pictures, and you would do something to help the world instead of causing global warming every time you open your yaps.

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