Today it is easier than ever to find 4×4 cars for sale. For a long time, the primary credible option for those looking for the bad weather handling benefit of all wheel drive was to purchase either a truck or SUV. It was difficult to find any off road cars for sale. Between fuel mileage concerns and the simple fact that many people prefer cars to trucks, though, manufacturers have responded by making this technology available on more vehicles than ever. In fact, today there are countless different 4×4 cars for sale.
The Original All Wheel Drive Cars: Subaru Cars for Sale
Subaru is a relatively small Japanese manufacturer of automobiles. Their primary claim to fame is that every single car in America bearing a Subaru nameplate is a 4×4, or technically all-wheel drive (AWD as opposed to 4WD). Although they offer SUVs (sport utility vehicles), like the Tribeca and Forester, they also offer midsize and compact cars like the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Impreza.
Their 4×4 system, which is not a true 4×4 system but rather a sophistical all-wheel drive system where power is dynamically passed among the wheels as necessary, is well respected with a long history of not only good performances but countless wins at various rally championships around the world. The Subaru Legacy Outback station wagon is a well-reviewed and popular vehicle, especially in specific regions such as the Rocky Mountain west.
Audi and Volkswagen 4×4 Cars
Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen AG, was the first German manufacturer to place 4×4 cars for sale in the American market. Their Quattro system was, for a long time, the only way to buy a non-Subaru 4×4 car. It was also an excellent counterbalance to the handling limitations of Audi’s front wheel drive bias. Today, every German manufacturer has some sort of 4 wheel drive system on just about every car manufactured. Audi’s Quattro system is available on the TT, A3, A4, A6 and A8, as well as on their coupes and SUVs. The Mercedes Benz 4-Matic system is available on every major sedan body style: C-class, E-class and S-class as well as their SUVs and some performance models. Finally, although BMW has made X-Drive available on a more limited number of models, buyers of the 3, 5 or 7 series can all enjoy the handling and safety benefits of all wheel drive.
4×4 Cars for Sale Spreading to More Automobile Styles and Manufacturers
Seeing the success of the European marques, as well as Subaru, just about every other manufacturer has jumped on the bandwagon and started offering 4×4 cars for sale. Many manufacturers who have traditionally only had 4×4 trucks for sale have penetrated the all wheel drive car market with all kinds of make and models.
Crossover vehicles, which range from the SUV-like Toyota Highlander to the tall-car-like Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Venza offer all-wheel-drive (and Nissan contribution with the Nissan Murano). Those seeking a European driving experience without paying the cost of a luxury marque should consider either any of a number of Volvos or the Volkswagen CC. Ford has added all-wheel drive to its Fusion and Taurus sedans, as has Dodge with its Charger. Ford 4×4 cars have become particularly successful in an otherwise difficult market for American automobile manufacturers. All of the Japanese luxury manufacturers have also jumped into the all wheel drive craze by adding all wheel drive functionality to a number of different cars including the Lexus GS to the Infinity G to the Acura TL. Many sports cars, exotics and super cars also feature a four wheel drive system.
4×4 Cars for Sale Online
If you’re looking to sell or find 4WD cars for sale online to buy, start with places like 4×4 auto trader and for used 4×4 cars for sale, try ebay motors. But be sure you do your research in advanced and only buy from reputable, established sellers. You should always have your requirements and expectations — in amenities, functionality and price — defined for yourself before you shop. Then exercise discipline in sticking to those requirements and expectations.
Today there are more 4×4 cars for sale than ever (I will soon try to compile a comprehensive 4×4 cars list and 4×4 cars guide for readers). Whether one wants the affordable practicality of a Subaru Impreza, the family-hauling luxury of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or the world-beating performance of the world’s fastest car, the all-wheel-drive Bugatti Veyron, options abound. Although all of these vehicles have different appearances, purposes and price tags, all feature the handling and safety benefits of having all four wheels driven.