3 Responses to What is the difference between an SUV and a 4×4?

  1. bracken46 June 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    A Sport Utility Vehicle can be two wheel drive (meaning either the front or rear wheels drive the car), an all wheel drive (meaning the four wheels drive independently) or a 4×4, which is an all wheel drive system that turns on and off with a switch in the passenger compartment.

    4×4's are usually primarily off-road vehicles. SUVs (for the most part) are soccer-mom urban assault vehicles that will never see a patch rough terrain.

  2. Mike G June 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    An SUV is a body type, while 4X4 is a description of a drivetrain. The term SUV can describe a variety of vehicles, while 4X4 merely says a vehicle has power applied to all four wheels.

  3. televisionmademewhatiam June 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm #

    All 4x4s are SUVs, but not all SUVs are 4x4s.