Common consensus is that AWD will save you from a lot of difficult driving environments but can't all modern cars with all of their safety features do just the same? The XCAR team took an example of different drive types to the track to find out.
The following cars represent the most technically advanced available.
Shortly after Tesla unveiled the new dual-motor, all-wheel-drive Model S, CNET's Wayne Cunningham went for a ride. Check out the electric car's newest features.
At an event crowded with Tesla fans in Los Angeles, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced advanced driver-assistance systems in the Model S, along with an all-wheel-drive option.
At an event filled with fans in Los Angeles, Tesla Motors announced an all-wheel-drive option for the Model S, along with new Autopilot capabilities.
Though they all carry the same badge and moniker, there are actually quite a few different versions of Subaru's AWD system in use today.
At the 2013 Frankfurt auto show next month, BMW will display an X5 model SUV concept with a plug-in hybrid drive system.
All-wheel drive and extra cargo space make a killer combination for modern vehicles. These five crossovers work great for everyday use, ski weekends, or longer road trips.
Less horsepower may seem like a bad thing, but the Subaru Impreza embraces the new frugality with stylish looks, a practical hatchback body style, and an excellent all-wheel-drive system.
Tesla previewed the Model X in Los Angeles, and the highlight of the new vehicle was not the electric power train, but innovative folding side doors.
Skipping CDs, navigation CDs do you even need CDs at all these days? We'll let you know all about it, but first I'm about to totally nerd out about all-wheel drive systems. This is the 14th episode of CNET Roadside Assistance for Thursday, the 26th of May 2011 and I am Antuan Goodwin alongside Senior Editor Wayne Cunningham. This is the show where the car tech guys take a moment to answer your emails and highlight your comments.