Should I buy 4×4 or AWD and why?

We have TOUGH northern Winters and I drive on the highway and roads a lot. I need a vehicle that will be best suited for icy and snowy road conditions in our winters, much of the roads will be freeways, but snow covered. Should I get a 4×4 SUV or an AWD SUV like a Saturn Vue? What should I get and why? Also, any recommendations under 14,000$ used?


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9 Responses to Should I buy 4×4 or AWD and why?

  1. StockInv39 November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I think that you should buy a 4 x 4 based on the info that you said you need a car that can drive in tough winters. An all wheel drive would also be good but 4 x 4 is better for driving in snow and off road….

  2. dnbltn November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    buy a mini cooper. gas prices suck right now.

  3. Albert A November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #…no…no…noooo That’s not good buddy…., you need buy a 1000×10….
    because you’re a… a…. a…. a… a… hmmm….
    I’m Thinking, w8 an Hour…….

    Ahhhh….. I think don’t buy that you want it, buy for a candy only!! that’s good for you…

  4. Cody M November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    go with the 4×4, it actually does alot better in bad conditions, can be selected in and out, and will do better on gas…..and alot of them you can push a button and set it so that if you start to slip it automatically engages the 4×4

  5. Me M November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    4X4 definately. I don’t know about you, but I want to have control when my vehicle is in 4×4 mode.
    Besides…would you need AWD in the fall, spring, and summer? If not, stick with 4×4.

  6. Edward Z November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I would go with the 4X4. You dont need AWD all the time.

  7. cataraft_2000 November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I’m a big believer in having 4WD or AWD. I do a fair amount of rough-road/off-pavement driving and it makes a big difference. I do a small amount of driving in snow, but it sure adds to the control and confidence in driving that sort of weather. It’s not a panacea, though. You still have to drive intelligently, at safe speeds, and with caution.

    I used to be a big believer in Jeep products, but my last Wrangler, which I sold last summer, was really bad. It was exceptionally uncomfortable, noisy, and was a real ‘hanger queen’ and needed repairs and maintenance constantly. Jeep has just gone downhill faster and faster every since Chrysler bought them years ago.

    We now own a Subaru Forester. We just came back yesterday from a trip to the desert and it performed very well, better than I expected. In soft sand and over irregular rock it had no problem. The only concern I had was its lower clearance (compared to the Wrangler).

    Before purchasing the Forester my wife and I also test drove the Honda CRV and the Toyota RAV-4, both of which seemed very good as well. We finally decided on the Subaru mainly for its safety ratings, and we were offered an exceptional deal, too.

    I would expect you could find a 4 or 5 year old model in good condition for any of these in the 14k range. Good luck!

  8. stingray41042 November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Definetly all the above plus you will go through tires quicker on an awd

  9. JetDoc November 9, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    I have lived in snow country for most of my life, and never needed a 4×4 to get where I needed to go. Just buy a front-wheel drive car, like a Honda Accord, and a good set of snow tires. You don’t need 4 wheel drive or a SUV to commute in winter conditions… Just some common sense and a bit of patience!