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The 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible: A luxury drop-top SUV that's dirt-capable

In the past, four-wheel-drive vehicles that could drop their top, like the Jeep Wrangler or the classic Ford Bronco, had a decidedly more rugged take on the idea. Range Rover unveiled their stab at what must surely be the niche of all niche markets at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

By November 18, 2015


Audi is sending a Quattro rover to the moon for the Google Lunar XPrize

The German car company and team Part Time Scientists partner up to send a four-wheel-drive rover to the moon, where it'll compete for $30 million in prize money.

By June 25, 2015


BMW X5 M and X6 M: The dynamic duo

Once again, BMW runs its X5 and X6 models through its M division, coming out with high performance four-wheel-drive SUVs that are track-ready.

By November 20, 2014


Audi's A1 Quattro is what happens when you let engineers do what they want

Whoever came up with the idea to throw the S3's engine in to the A1, then add four-wheel-drive needs a medal. Whoever decided Audi would only make 333 A1 Quattros needs a talking to.

November 7, 2013


AWD systems explained

From 4-wheel drive to all-wheel drive, CNET's Brian Cooley explains how they have evolved and the differences between them.

By June 4, 2013


2012 Honda Ridgeline

Although oddly stylish, the 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport offers nothing in the way of cabin electronics, and driveline tech that only stands out for its four-wheel-drive system.

By August 15, 2012

2 stars Editors' rating August 15, 2012

MSRP: $30,095.00


2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara

The 2010 Suzuki Grand Vitara's main virtue is its four-wheel-drive system, which gives it some off-road capability, and the integrated Garmin GPS keeps it from being a total tech wash-out.

By April 14, 2010

2.5 stars Editors' rating April 14, 2010

Pricing not available


DIY Weekend: Mutant four-wheeler for road, rail

New Crave series kicks off with the Hennepin Crawler, a quirky, functional four-wheel contraption made from 90 percent found parts.

By May 8, 2010


How it works: The Audi quattro principle

Web video of the Audi quattro four-wheel drive. An animation shows how the front and rear axles work to distribute power between all four wheels.

By March 9, 2010


Volvo's XC60 can avoid accidents in the city

A car that can brake itself to avoid a fender-bender during the morning commute might seem far into the future. Except that it goes on sale here in March. That's when City Safety, a low-speed collision-avoidance technology, becomes available on the new Volvo XC60, a so-called "soft-roader" four-wheel drive.

By February 22, 2009