awd always burns more gas than its fwd or rwd counter part. derp
Its still an enjoyable feature to have in the winter(WITH snow tires). Not that rwd is crippled in the winter time(not even close).
Go test drive some cars OP. whatever you do(after you pick a car) find a good local indy service shop at stay far far away from the dealers here. They are so marked up its ridiculous.
Lots of other places to shop for parts too.