Are 4×4 SUV's (not AWD's) better in bad weather than 4×4 pickup trucks?

If you have an SUV with a real 4WD system like the Toyota 4Runner or Nissan X-Terra (NOT AWD folks) then wouldn’t that be a lot better in bad weather than a 4×4 pickup truck? I’m asking because trucks are so light in the rear whereas an SUV, like a car, has more weight in the front. Or will an SUV that’s rear-wheel drive with a true 4×4 system still fish tail like a truck because it’s also rear-wheel drive? Does that make sense?

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3 Responses to Are 4×4 SUV's (not AWD's) better in bad weather than 4×4 pickup trucks?

  1. Marcus Bramel June 23, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    I like trucks more myself…but the type of vehicle is not the problem in this case…you need to invest in some tires designed to help catch traction in whatever case u need. For snow/ice get studded tires, but still drive carefully.

  2. greg x June 23, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    well all most all the time their more like 2×4 since in 4 wheel mode you have 1 power wheel in the front and 1 in the back. They have there limits and some 4x systems are better than others

    And having a truck that weighs more is not always a good thing since they will sink faster than a light weight truck each type of truck has its place .

  3. Darrell June 23, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    My 4×4 SUV locks the front axle when the locking hubs lock in. That is the reason you can’t drive it on pavement in 4wd. A 4wd pickup does about as well as an SUV because in 4wd the front axle is the important one so that the light backend of a pickup is not so much a problem as a 2wd.