Can someone explain the difference between a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×2 and a 4×4?

I’m looking into buying a Jeep Grand Cherokee but I don’t understand the difference between the 4×2 and the 4×4. Does the 4×2 only have 2-wheel drive? Is 4 wheel drive optional? How about the 4×4 – does this have 4 wheel drive running all the time or can you switch back and forth between 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive to conserve on gas?

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4 Responses to Can someone explain the difference between a Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×2 and a 4×4?

  1. reddogrollen July 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    the 4×2 jeep grand cherokee will have a solid axle up front(no front differential), no transfer case, and no shift handle for 4×4 operations.
    4×4 grand cherokee is exactly that. it is 4 wheel drive and will have a transfer case shift lever.
    the full time all wheel drive ( grand cherokee limited v-8 as an example) has no 2 wheel drive
    selection available. just high, neutral, and low range. in part time cases you run in 2 wheel drive mode until you need 4 wheel drive. the advantage to this is better fuel economy. in my case i own a 94 grand cherokee limited 4×4 and it is a full time all wheel drive system and the 318 V-8. fuel economy is about 18 mpg for my jeep.

  2. Desert Dust July 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    You are correct 4×2 means it ONLY has 2 wheel drive. 4×4 means you can drive in 2 wheel drive on the road and then shift into 4 wheel drive if you have a need to go off road. Hope this helps.

  3. HHMM July 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    4×2 2 wheel drive only only the rear 2
    4×4 2 or 4 wheel drive and yes you can choose the mode rear only or both front and rear
    awd all wheel drive and all wheels all the time no choice

  4. Terry M July 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    4×2 = only rear wheels turn

    4×4 = rear wheels turn most of the time, but you can select to have all 4 wheels turn.

    You only use 4 wheel drive when offroad, or in snow. It is not meant to be used on the road.