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Best AWD Cars & SUVs under $25,000

If you live where it snows or driver there regularly, you're a prime candidate for the added traction of all-wheel drive.  But AWD can also improve drivability on dry roads, too.  For 2014 there are plenty of all-wheel drive models available for less than $25,000, and here are the top 5 according to Kelley Blue Book:

#5 - 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek
The XV Crosstrek splits the difference between compact car and compact SUV, with the added benefits of hatchback versatility and Subaru's famous Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system.  It's also available as a hybrid, Subaru's first…
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Couple gets 84 MPG in Passat Diesel!

A couple well-known for fuel mileage records on regular roads notched 84.1 mpg in a Volkswagen Passat diesel with six-speed manual.

That high mileage let them go 1,621.1 miles on a single tank of fuel in a three-day ramble through nine states from Houston to Northern Virginia.

That car has a government rating of 31 mpg in the city, 43 on the highway and 35 in combined city/highway driving.

Last year, the Taylors recorded 64.42 mpg in a Chevrolet Cruze Eco.  Its government rating is 28/42/33.

VW says that the car's odometer…
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Volkswagen Passat named KBB's #1 Sedan under $25000

Finally roomy and affordable enough to compete side-by-side with midsize sedan stalwarts like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, the all-new Volkswagen Passat is Kelly Blue Book's 2012 pick as the best sedan under $25,000 in large part because it still drives like a smaller, pricier car.

The 2012 Volkswagen Passat sedan has grown substantially to appeal to North American sensibilities, but even though it's now a larger car, the new Passat is…

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Volkswagen Tops Stategic Vision Total Value Index

Strategic Vision announces results of the most recent Total Value Index™ (TVI). Volkswagen of America was again the best brand in terms of Total Value. Hyundai Motor America was the number two corporation, with Ford Motor Corporation third. Total Value is a calculation of explicit owner statements on 442 attributes and focuses on immediate and expected (long term) economic factors such as warranty, technical innovation, standard equipment, MPG, etc. and each is weighted appropriately as the data dictates. Chris Chaney, the company's Vice President and head of Automotive Research, "Our…

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2012 BMW 3 Series Unveiled!

The BMW 3 Series has been the most lauded sport sedan in the world for longer than we can remember. Worthy competitors pop up, only to fall short of beating this benchmark - often by some subjective measure that can't be quantified. So it's a big deal when the 3 Series is up for a clean-sheet redesign. Not one to refuse a challenge, BMW has stepped up to the task of redesigning its best-selling vehicle and came up with this, the redesigned 2012 BMW 3 Series.BMW clearly wanted to bring the design of the new 3 Series more…
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2012 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Volkswagen Passat


Granted, from 50 feet or in a two-dimensional photograph, the Passat engages the eye less than does the splashy "fluidic design" of the Hyundai Sonata, but closer inspection reveals exquisite detailing. Our own expert witness, Tom Gale, gets the ball rolling: "The package provides good accommodation, and like the Audi [A6], what is remarkable is the restraint shown with the handling of the design. Clean, beautiful surfaces have been refined for an engaging result. The upper character line, with its subtle undercut, is an example of the care taken with the stampings throughout." Engineering guru Chris Theodore…
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Volkswagen Passat receives "Best of 2012" top-honor from

TDI® Clean Diesel model also recognized as "Eco-Friendly Car of the Year"

Detroit, MI -  Adding to a growing list of awards, the new-for-2012 Volkswagen Passat has earned additional praise from for its outstanding value and long list of standard features. Named "Best of 2012," the Passat captured the third annual award from the popular online automotive source. The Passat's long list of standard features includes Bluetooth® technology, dual-zone automatic climate control, class-leading rear seat legroom, and Volkswagen's Carefree Maintenance program for a starting MSRP of $19,995.

Prior to choosing the "Best of 2012" awards, editors…
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