8 Responses to which is better in the snow a truck with NO weight in the back or an SUV both with 4X4 and same tires?

  1. Jeep Man October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    i would have to say a truck with no weight in the back (even 4wd) will fishtail a lot. my f-250 used to do it all the time. an suv (one with a good 4wd system) would give you a better balance and weight distribution, making it a little more stable. regardless, the front axle does around 70% of the pulling in snow. overall vehicle weight is important too. i have an old willys pickup, weighs better than 5500 lbs. i’ve never been able to get it stuck, it has a solid 4wd system. in short though, i would probably lean to the suv side (keep in mind, every companies 4wd system is different, so it varies). hope this helps

  2. done wrenching October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Both will track well in snow, the suv having a slight edge.

  3. CJB October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    The heavier the better because it alows more pressured grip to road surface.

  4. scottb03gt October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    The Suv because it has natural weight on the rear axles from the covered back.

  5. Joe 6pack American October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    The 4×4 will always do better in snow for the simple fact all 4 tires are putting power down but don’t be like most people and think that an SUV is invincible in the snow and ice. Anything can get stuck or slide out of control given the situation and SUV’s won’t plant you to the ground on snow and ice covered roads.

  6. jareihart October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    THEY BOTH SUCK WHEN YOU DRIVE THEM INTO A SNOW DRIFT. BUT SINCE YOU ARE REALLY NEEDING TO KNOW AND DON’T SEEM TO…YOU CAN PUT MORE PEOPLE IN A SUV AND YOU CAN HAUL GOATS IN A TRUCK. NOW DO YOU KNOW WHICH IS BETTER???

  7. d.douglass October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Most vehicles are more stable with weight in the back . That in mind an SUV would be better. I put 200 lbs in my pathfinder every winter and its like night and day driving.

  8. dadrcrpntr October 2, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    People have driven on it, through it, and around it for years before the 4×4. It really depends on what you expect your truck to do.

    If you want to drive up and down hills, 4×4 will be handy and definitely off road!

    You can use a 2-wheeler on the snow in the city, it’s ice you really want to avoid unless you have chains. thats just as true for 4×4’s!

    Good luck!