The Subaru Impreza, BMW 3 series, Ford Fusion and Lexus GS are some small four-wheel drive vehicles. All-wheel drive cars provide better traction when driving in wintry weather conditions because they engage all the wheels at the same time, states Kiplinger.
These vehicles combine the powerful features of larger vehicles with the convenience of lower running costs. Four-wheel-drive systems are designed for off-road use and may be full-time or part-time. Part-time systems engage one set of the wheels at a time, and the other set is powered automatically when more traction is required. Other small four-wheel drive models include the Suzuki SX4, Subaru Legacy, Nissan Juke and Toyota Matrix.