Consumers shopping for the best front wheel drive cars have a lot of choices. Whether compact, midsize or large, there are front wheel drive selections that will work for just about everyone. Why buy a front-wheel drive car? For one, they offer better traction with slippery conditions. They’re easier to drive through snow and the front tires do all the work – steering and applying power to the road.

Here are three picks to consider in any search for Best Front Wheel Drive Cars:

  • 2011 Hyundai SonataHyundai reportedly spent twice as much on the new midsize 2011 Sonata launch as they did on the Genesis. Automobile says, “Hyundai is betting heavily on this car, and the wager is likely to pay off. The new Sonata is at or near the top of its hyper-competitive class in a broad range of categories – some you might expect (low price, fuel economy, light weight) and some you might not (power, torque, interior space and driving dynamics). Sonata is only available with a 198 hp 4-cylinder engine, but it gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg city and class-leading 35 mpg highway. In terms of acceleration, Sonata holds its own with V6-powered competitors.
  • 2010 Volkswagen GTIRedesigned for 2010, the Volkswagen GTI is a sporty compact hatchback available with 2- or 4-doors, turbocharged 200-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. Consumer Guide says: “GTI is among the best handling front-wheel drive cars. GTI has outstanding grip in fast turns with quick, precise steering. The brakes deliver worry-free stops.” Its zippy performance, high-quality interior, and no-charge scheduled maintenance program for three years are strong selling features, as is the fuel economy – EPA-estimated 21 mpg city/31 mpg highway (manual) and 24 mpg city/32 mpg highway (automatic).
  • 2010 Ford TaurusWith a major makeover this year, the 2010 Ford Taurus is available in several models, including the high-performance Taurus SHO. Impressive good looks (especially for a large 5-passenger family sedan), attractive and stylish interior, class-leading cabin electronics and balance ride are major plusses wowing reviewers across the board for this contender for best front wheel drive cars. Edmunds comments: “The 2010 Ford Taurus bridges the gap between family sedans and luxury cars. Lower-priced trim levels will be compared to the Honda Accord, Hyundai Azera and Toyota Avalon. The Limited will compete with entry-level luxury sedans like the Hyundai Genesis, Lincoln’s MKS and MKZ, and the Nissan Maxima. The SHO is clearly aimed at Chrysler’s 300C. Among this crowd, we think pretty highly of the new Taurus.”

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