Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 44

Thread: 4x4 vs. AWD

  1. #1
    All-Star
    Points: 28,270, Level: 51
    Level completed: 66%, Points required for next Level: 380
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    ISUcy08's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    1,949
    Points
    28,270
    Level
    51
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 0
    Given: 0

    4x4 vs. AWD

    Today was the last straw for my 2WD Ranger trying to get around in this snow. I went to the bank and got an auto loan. I am wanting a 4x4, but I see a lot of SUV's are AWD. Is AWD basically the same?


    2009 Insight Bowl Champions!

  2. #2
    Pro
    Points: 47,827, Level: 67
    Level completed: 63%, Points required for next Level: 523
    Overall activity: 2.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    Cy Hard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Urbandale
    Posts
    2,648
    Points
    47,827
    Level
    67
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 227
    Given: 72

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    Hell no, it's only the same on very few models which are permanently all time AWD with equal wheel distribution. Most are FWD that has a computer kick them into AWD when it thinks necessary. They do ok, but not the same as a 4x4.


    Cyclone
    Iowa State became the Cyclones after they leveled Northwestern in 1895. As the Chicago Tribune (9/29/1895) noted:
    'Struck by a Cyclone
    It Comes from Iowa and Devastates Evanston Town'

  3. #3
    Starter
    Points: 23,147, Level: 46
    Level completed: 60%, Points required for next Level: 403
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    10000 Experience Points1 year registered
    Tri4Cy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Urbandale
    Posts
    615
    Points
    23,147
    Level
    46
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 90
    Given: 231
    "I'm not vain...I'm awesome" - Me

  4. #4
    Addict
    Points: 101,441, Level: 99
    Level completed: 20%, Points required for next Level: 1,609
    Overall activity: 72.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    Gunnerclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Beaverdale hood
    Posts
    6,215
    Points
    101,441
    Level
    99
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,816
    Given: 956

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    Nothing beats a true 4X4.


    Rhoads out!

  5. #5
    All-Star
    Points: 27,600, Level: 51
    Level completed: 5%, Points required for next Level: 1,050
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    Ames's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    1,956
    Points
    27,600
    Level
    51
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 23
    Given: 0

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    AWD is all the wheels all the time. Typically a car or suv thing. 4x4 you engage and disengage. Typically I wouldn't say you directly compare them. If you want a truck or full size suv you are probably getting 4x4. Smaller suv or car you'd get AWD. Mainly because most mid and small suv are really basically cars. I'd say pick a size and you'll get what you get. AWD is going to hurt mileage. Might as well get a mid or small SUV with FWD.



  6. #6
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 94,416, Level: 95
    Level completed: 67%, Points required for next Level: 634
    Overall activity: 18.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    Incyte's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    4,165
    Points
    94,416
    Level
    95
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 453
    Given: 69

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    What would Dave Ramsey drive (WWDRD)?


    “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

  7. #7
    Legend
    Points: 308,255, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 48.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    Doc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    14,204
    Points
    308,255
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,415
    Given: 2,572

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUcy08 View Post
    Today was the last straw for my 2WD Ranger trying to get around in this snow. I went to the bank and got an auto loan. I am wanting a 4x4, but I see a lot of SUV's are AWD. Is AWD basically the same?
    For snow, I think you want limited slip differential. It's not necessarily a true 4x4 because you can't lock the wheels if you get one off the ground, but it is much more preferable on snow than an open differential because the computer will transfer power to wheels to provide more traction on snow.

    A locking differential is nice, but it's not really needed in your situation. There are very few SUVs that have one that are also road-friendly.


    Last edited by Doc; 01-30-2013 at 03:53 PM.

  8. #8
    Pro
    Points: 73,939, Level: 84
    Level completed: 47%, Points required for next Level: 911
    Overall activity: 0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    GrindingAway's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    2,989
    Points
    73,939
    Level
    84
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 186
    Given: 12

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    It depends how many wheels the vehicle has. AWD could be a 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 etc.



  9. #9
    All-Star
    Points: 38,290, Level: 60
    Level completed: 37%, Points required for next Level: 760
    Overall activity: 1.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran25000 Experience Points
    ISU_phoria's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Andover, MN
    Posts
    1,913
    Points
    38,290
    Level
    60
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 36
    Given: 5

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    Essentially 4x4 is controlled by the driver.....you decide when to engage/disengage the 4x4.

    AWD vehicles has a computer decide when the 4x4 (AWD) is used and does so when is senses the main drive wheels beginning to slip.

    It really depends on how much control you want over the feature.

    Also, if you're comparing traction to your rwd Ranger, even a fwd vehicle will give you substantially better traction in snow, ice, etc.



  10. #10
    Addict
    Points: 77,178, Level: 86
    Level completed: 35%, Points required for next Level: 1,172
    Overall activity: 41.0%
    Achievements:
    Veteran50000 Experience Points
    erikbj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    hiawatha, ia
    Posts
    6,177
    Points
    77,178
    Level
    86
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 524
    Given: 168

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    my last two SUV's have been AWD and have had zero issues getting around in the snow.



  11. #11
    Addict
    Points: 175,310, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 11.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsCreated Album picturesVeteran
    CtownCyclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    9,052
    Points
    175,310
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 372
    Given: 255

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    Either one would be better than a 2WD pickup that's Ranger sized.



  12. #12
    Legend
    Points: 213,500, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 10.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialCreated Album picturesVeteran50000 Experience Points
    dmclone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    50131
    Posts
    14,194
    Points
    213,500
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 531
    Given: 792

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    Front wheel or AWD with good tires will serve 99% of the people. Tires are the most import part. I had a car that went from the worst car I've ever driven in the snow (Would get stuck with 2 inches of snow) to being one of the best just by changing tires. If the tires say something like "summer only" performance tires, they are not kidding. A great example of this is the Subaru performance cars. You put summer tires on them and even with AWD they suck. You put good tires on them and they become rally champs.



  13. #13
    Addict
    Points: 113,811, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 86.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience Points1 year registered
    mtowncyclone13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    8,999
    Points
    113,811
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 1,645
    Given: 1,207

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    way too technical.

    for laymen - AWD is a computer telling just the front two wheels to spin or all four wheels to spin. 4X4 is a manual shift where all four wheels get power to propel the vehicle. You can turn with AWD but it's darn near impossible to turn with true 4X4 on.

    I have a GMC Envoy with both AWD AND 4X4(!)



  14. #14
    Speechless
    Points: 320,899, Level: 100
    Level completed: 0%, Points required for next Level: 0
    Overall activity: 13.0%
    Achievements:
    SocialRecommendation Second ClassVeteranCreated Album pictures50000 Experience Points
    CyCrazy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Rolling dirty in Roland.
    Posts
    15,069
    Points
    320,899
    Level
    100
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 471
    Given: 81

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    my last two SUV's have been AWD and have had zero issues getting around in the snow.

    Agree, I had a Bravada with AWD and it was a tank for me plowed through anything. Sadly she died a painfull death this summer. For now I am driving a 2WD Sonoma and it sucks pond water...........



  15. #15
    Hall-Of-Famer
    Points: 42,239, Level: 63
    Level completed: 46%, Points required for next Level: 711
    Overall activity: 8.0%
    Achievements:
    50000 Experience PointsVeteran
    NickTheGreat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Johnston
    Posts
    4,673
    Points
    42,239
    Level
    63
    Thumbs Up
    Received: 390
    Given: 528

    Re: 4x4 vs. AWD

    The limited slip diff is nice so the vehicle can turn, which like someone siad above, a GM will do. I rarely put my truck in true 4x4, just the Auto 4x4 which is essentially AWD (being computer controlled). I do like the fact that with my truck, I can turn it off.



Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
  • TV: TBD
  • FOOTBALL: Iowa State vs. UNI
  • August 29, 2015
  • 06:00 PM