Debate over Safety, Performance Benefits of AWD Cars

The Wall Street Journal - September 18, 2012

All four wheels are pow­er­ing the next step in the evo­lu­tion of the lux­u­ry-car busi­ness: the rise of all-wheel dri­ve.

What is debat­able is whether all-wheel dri­ve deliv­ers enough safe­ty and per­for­mance ben­e­fits for the $2,000 to $3,000 extra charge car mak­ers typ­i­cal­ly add to the price tag, as well as the mileage penal­ty that the extra weight of all-wheel-dri­ve hard­ware still exacts in most cars.



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