Should I buy an AWD version of the Honda CR-V just to get the advanced safety features like AEB, collision mitigation warning etc? I like driving the CR-V due to its space and fuel efficiency, but is it worth getting AWD? I usually drive my car in the city and I quite rarely go off-roading or to the snow, so is it worth getting an AWD version of a car just for top specs? Does this apply to the CX-9 Azami or the CX-5 Akera as well?
It’s a fact that the top-rung version of a particular make and model will not only get all the luxury and convenience items, it’ll also usually be the first to score new safety tech, too. That’s why CarsGuide gives car-makers a pat on the back when they make new safety gear standard across the whole range. However, that’s the exception rather than the rule here, and most car-makers, including the ones you’ve mentioned have the same policy of loading up the more expensive variants in their line-up.
But before you dismiss all-wheel-drive as something you have to pay for to get better safety gear, understand that AWD itself is a safety boost. The extra grip given by driving all four wheels makes a car safer in all conditions, but especially in low-friction conditions. So, if safety is a concern (and it obviously is for you, Mark) then I reckon AWD is for you anyway.
Besides which, even though you’ve said you only driver to the snow every now and then, when those times arrive, you’ll be very pleased you paid for AWD.