Residents of regions affected by regular snow and heavy rain often feel as though their options are limited when they buy a vehicle.
Owning a sedan means running the risk of getting stuck, whilst buying an SUV usually means getting a vehicle that is bigger and more unwieldy than they would like.
The good news is that those are no longer the only options available to consumers.
If you don’t need the extra space and size of an SUV, and the prospect of getting stuck in the snow in a family car doesn’t appeal, then you may want to consider the practicality and handling delivered by an AWD sedan.
What you get here is a 4-door vehicle that will not become a liability in a storm, but rather a vehicle that you can rely on in all conditions.
The segment of sedans with all-wheel-drive segment is growing quickly, and both Kia and Hyundai, as well as Genesis, have been playing a major role in delivering great vehicles that are safe, fun to drive, and built to handle all kinds of different road conditions.
Let’s take a closer look at their current 2017 models, as well as some set for the 2018 model year.
1. Kia Stinger
For Kia, the Stinger is arguably the vehicle that has the biggest buzz attached to its release, probably because it is an incredibly sporty sedan that will come at a very competitive price.
This is definitely a new type of vehicle than what we are used to from Kia, as the Nurburgring tested Kia sports sedan is going to be given a look that is definitely influenced by European models.
Kia has previously only lightly dabbled in the sporty model category, but it looks as though they are onto a winner here.
A few years back, Kia unleashed the GT concept to wild acclaim, and the success of that model is what prompted the Koreans to deliver a production model with many of the same design cues as the GT.
Besides the basic trim level, Kia will also offer the Stinger AWD, which will sit at the top of the range, and will also feature the automaker’s latest all-wheel-drive system.
2. Genesis G80
The G80 may not be a name you are familiar with, but it is essentially the Hyundai Genesis now being delivered under the Genesis name.
Hyundai started their own luxury sub-brand, bringing the G80 and the G90, originally the Equus, to the market under the new moniker.
One of the biggest selling points of the G80 is that it delivers all the features that you would expect from a luxury automaker, but at a fraction of the price that the other luxury brands were selling their models at.
The G80 comes standard as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, but buyers can take Genesis up on their AWD option, which they refer to as HTRAC.
3. Genesis G90
The G90 was the first luxury model released under the new Genesis name.
The G90 has some stiff competition to deal with, such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ, and Lexus LS, but they do that by providing the same features at a lower price.
The latest Genesis G90 sedan comes available with AWD.
4. Genesis G70
The G70 has not yet hit the market, but when it does, it will ride on the same platform as the Stinger, which means that AWD will be an option.
This model should start to hit showrooms in the early part of 2018, and will go up against the likes of the BMW 3-series X-Drive and Audi A4 Quattro, as well as several other luxury models offering AWD.
The G70 will be more on the luxury side of things than the Stinger, and will also pack slightly more power than the Kia model.
As you may expect upon hearing that, it will also be a little costlier than the Stinger.
Hyundai does not have an AWD sedan available in the US, but for very good reason.
When they started the Genesis luxury brand, all the Hyundai models with all-wheel-drive were immediately shifted over to the new name.
The Genesis models previously mentioned here started life as Hyundai models, but are now bearing the Genesis brand name.
If Hyundai is your go to brand, you can still opt for an SUV that comes with the all-wheel-drive option.