why cant a car manufacturer make a "mini Van" that has 4 wheel drive- I Need a Mini van,and 4×4!!!!not a suv.

i currently drive a dodge grand caravan, and so wish it had 4×4, i need the extra room , so a small SUV wont work.I don’t need it for off road excursions,just for travel, and driving in snow! And where i live it would be a great help!
ps- i do live in the hills– have to travel 30 + miles every day to work.. also do weekend driving to dog shows, and carry xtra large crates and BIGDOGS!so a smaller car is not an option.. can only afford 1 vehicle.- I HATE DRIVING IN SNOW! 🙂

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6 Responses to why cant a car manufacturer make a "mini Van" that has 4 wheel drive- I Need a Mini van,and 4×4!!!!not a suv.

  1. P S September 9, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    If you are not going off road you really don’t need a 4×4. The auto companies really hype up the 4wd. Unless you are planning to regularly drive in a blizzard, just invest in a good set of studded snow tires.
    I lived in Vermont for many years with a 2 wheel drive. The 4 x 4 is just not worth the added expense. A 4wd drive also has it’s own slippery road characteristics which you will have to learn. All a 4wd will really help you with is getting up hills. They still slip sideways and breaking is about the same.

    Also, if the vehicle does not have much ground clearance (as in the case of most minivans) the 4wd will not help much in deeper snow.

  2. litscot September 9, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    The Toyota sienna is the only 4×4 or AWD being sold,however most all of the domestic automakers have produced AWD’s but have since dropped them.A side note Ford and GM will cease production of mini vans alltogether afterf next year.God Bless.

  3. gregthomasparke September 9, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    I agree with PS. I drive a Dakota that is 2WD and I just add weight to the back for traction, good tires, and proper inflation. Thats all thats needed. Now there has been some AWD systems in the past. All wheel drive and 4 wheel drive are close to the same, but they are not the same thing. All wheel drive is where all the wheels drive at the same time and there is no way to change that. 4 wheel drive is where the main power wheels will only power the vehicle, until the option of the use of the other wheels is selected. Generally, with a 4 wheel drive setup there will be a 2 hi, a 4 hi, and a 4 lo set up. This is an ideal setup for off road and city use. For just city use the 2 hi, and 4 hi are the only things that are needed in this situation. There has been some vans in the past, some that are still being made today as well that have had an AWD system. The Chevrolet/GMC Astro/Safari, The Dodge Caravan, and the Ford Windstar and even the Aerostar. Now not all these vehicles are equipted with the AWD setup, it is part of a trim package, and getting one of these with said trim package isn’t always easy. The most common one that I see is the Astro/Safari

  4. Barry V September 9, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    the chevrolet astro van was optioned with all wheel drive. which is essentially a 4×4. so look for a mini van thats all wheel drive

  5. MR SERGEI K September 9, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    the current generation Toyota Sienna is offered in AWD, but that car has so many problems it’s not even funny…. so i wouldnt reccomend you getting it.

  6. spamme4444 September 9, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    I would recommend an Astro AWD. I owned one when I lived in Colorado Springs. Great van with ABS and a 210hp Vortec V6 on it. The sad part is, that GM quit making them around 03 or some like that. What you need is to look for Traction Control (like VW ESP) and ABS and you should be fine. 4WD is somewhat overrated. The braking dynamics apply to all wheel vehicles. The good part is that is harder to get stuck, but that is in some really harsh conditions. My 94 Grand Prix has what is called 2nd Gear Start and works well on take off on icy roads the ABS takes good care and that was when I lived in Minnesota. Now my other car is an 03 Impala and does not have ABS neither traction control and bought it in MN too. Drove fine on the snow and icy roads too. If you get a Front Wheel Drive you will be fine, ABS better, add traction control and you are set pretty good.