I would like to dedicate this question to the dude I saw around the corner from my apartment the other week, trying in vain to drive his Volvo XC70 out of a snowy parking space. He could not understand why only his front wheels were spinning.

"Are you sure it's just the fronts?" he asked when I walked over to see if I could help. His eyes said it all. He was heartbroken. He didn't know how he'd be able to go back to his family, knowing his AWD wagon had let him down.

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I don't pretend to understand Volvo's AWD system or why it failed this guy when he needed it most. I just know it was a letdown, and I will never forget it.

What car company do you think offers the least-capable AWD system, and why?

Photo Credit: Volvo