by TLC1957 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 3:00 pm, Post you are 100% committed to every winter, Nov-April in AZ. That means places such as Texas, the Southeast or Southern California. Like the CRV and based on demand, I would expect to see minimal 2WD. When slippage is detected at one axle, power is diverted to the other axle, in hopes of finding more traction there. You probably know better than us whether you need AWD where you live. However, RWD provides less traction on slippery roads. by randomguy » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:40 am, Post People say AWD gives you more grip, but this is unmitigated bullshit. And because the front wheels don’t have to do double duty—both driving and steering—designers can optimize the suspension for handling prowess. Vehicles with a part-time system shouldn’t be driven on dry pavement when in 4WD mode, which could risk damage to the vehicle's drivetrain. As stated further, though, FWD models seem few and far between, at least in the northeast. by CULater » Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:59 pm, Post That being said, as a senior citizen, I chose awd for my CR-V because I live in rural Ohio. Many drivers don't realize the limitations of AWD and 4WD, however. This is the big one that most people have been waiting for, and we are happy to say that the Honda CR-V has been noted… Locking in AWD is also a really good idea in that ‘rain overnight/camping’ scenario we discussed earlier. The market is the most efficient mechanism anywhere in the world for transferring wealth from impatient people to patient people.” | With traction control, I doubt that most people would need awd. Provide more mental security as one gets older. So let’s be perfectly clear - your common, and notionally AWD SUV, just driving down the street normally, is doing so under the tractive effort of just the front wheels. In fact, Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD is an excellent system and (together with their involvement in rally) it rocketed them from herbal hippy obscurity in the 1990s to where they are today in the mainstream. So I don't know. Use for comparison purposes only. Drivers are often fooled  when driving in slippery conditions with an AWD or 4WD vehicle, not realizing how slippery conditions may be when driving, only to discover they are going way too fast when trying to stop. While the moments do summersaults into eternity | Well, like nearly everything, it depends. Equipped with identical engines that turn identical quantities of hard-working torque, the manner in which CR-V harnesses that power is a primary consideration for drivers comparing CR-V’s two drivetrains. Though having power delivered to all four wheels increases straight-line traction, it does nothing to improve cornering or braking. In the context of ordinary driving around the suburbs and on the highway, AWD offers no particular advantage. Now is a great time to buy an SUV. Or by just abusing the crap out of it generally - by attempting hardcore offroading when that’s really not the vehicle’s remit. With the FWD the slippage of the front wheels made it hard to aim the car straight into the garage because I had to keep the car moving. The other thing most people don’t realise is that AWD is generally interlocked out - so that it cannot be engaged automatically - at speeds above about 60km/h in most of these vehicles. In the southern regions, it is mostly FWD. AWD doesn’t really help - especially for conservative towing assignments, well inside the vehicle’s maximum tow limitations. We’ll get to that now. Honda CRV All Wheel Drive VS Front Wheel, Which One? No guarantees are made as to the accuracy of the information on this site or the appropriateness of any advice to your particular situation. - Dedication to Jack Bogle in 'The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing'. So which is better? Of course on some of those roads AWD may not be quite enough. Buying a car is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a big headache. by Ninnie » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:35 am, Post In recognition of this commitment, we are in the process of making modifications to improve the accessibility and usability of this website, using the applicable portions of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as our standard. Most 4WD systems have high and a low gear range, the latter used to increase low-speed climbing power. by TLC1957 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:10 am, Post So which is better? Winter tires, for instance, actually do help you turn and stop on a snowy road—things that AWD doesn’t help with. Just throw it in "low" and all wheels turn at the same low speed to power through nearly any obstacle. Front-wheel drive designs are cheaper to manufacture and more space-efficient than rear-drive systems. Even so, we have found there are distinct differences in the driving, and traction, characteristics among drive types. I have had both CRV's now for 4+ years but it would apply to any choice in AWD/4WD vs 2WD vehicles that are otherwise the same. by Timothy J. by danwhite77 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:07 am, Post This is good news for all who make their way in challenging climates, particularly those comparing the 2015 Honda CR-V 2WD vs. AWD at Chicagoland’s Continental Honda. In fact, all but a handful of SUVs are primarily front-wheel drive vehicles, with additional components that send some power to the rear wheels as the need arises. The world's premier Honda HR-V forum discussing Honda’s Hi-Rider revolutionary vehicle. JavaScript is disabled. But the general rule is that rear-wheel-drive cars are better for performance and worse in bad weather, while front-wheel drive offers improved harsh-weather driving. “And he was never heard from, ever again…”. The truth is pretty different. I figure if the weather's bad enough that I need AWD, I should just stay home! Whereas 2WD models of the Honda CR-V crossover apply torque exclusively to the vehicle’s front tires, AWD CR-V models are equipped with what Honda describes as a Real Time Intelligent Control System™. Click HERE >>. Have always driven AWD the last few decades and never needed snow tires or chains. Most AWD systems are ‘on-demand’: meaning they are predominately, overwhelmingly, 2WD for the vast majority of their operational lives. The Touring trim comes with a lot of upgraded options and only comes with AWD. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle. I could definitely get by with FWD. OK - so there’s a bit of mythbusting we have to do here, and some simple advice up front: If you want to go off-road adventuring exploring, on fire trails, whatever: get the AWD. Nor is there a particular benefit for towing. In fact, if you’ve had a car all these years, and you’re getting an SUV, and you don’t plan on driving any differently, 2WD will be fine. Instead, we recommend… Find a new AWD or 4WD car for sale near you. But AWD is not totally useless in AZ as there are places that get snow and you may well want to drive some of the dirt/ muddy roads. And the base models of plenty of other SUVs - like the Mazda CX-5, Kia Sportage and Hyundai Tucson - the base models are all front drivers. by smitcat » Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:47 am, Post We recommend 2-wheel drive if you’re in a mild climate with little rain or snow. by dwickenh » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:01 pm, Post I do not know why people have told her that, but they have. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are easily confused. Generally, 4WD is optimized for severe off-road driving situations such as climbing over boulders, fording deep water, and tackling steep hills with loose, low-traction surfaces. By Doug Demuro. But then, when the dinosaurs all died and Twitter was invented, cars came with a bunch of other stability-enhancing systems (like electronic stability control) that have levelled the playing field by making 2WD vehicles just as stable in most driving scenarios. by dwickenh » Tue Sep 26, 2017 1:12 pm, Post Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is commonly found on pickups and old-school truck-based SUVs, along with sports cars and high-performance and luxury sedans. I hope you now know enough about the issue to make an informed choice. 2WD versus AWD is the classic SUV dichotomy - and the default presumption is: AWD is better. I live in SW Ohio and AWD is amazing to have here. Sometimes you’re not going to have a choice. For rain and very light snow, 2WD will likely work fine, and for most vehicles, front-wheel drive is the preferred setup. PR agency generated names like "Real Time 4WD", "intelligent AWD" or "active AWD" are hiding the fact that automatic AWD is essentially a sophisticated 2WD system. Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking system, for example, is an exclusive feature of the 2015 Honda CR-V Touring. See our list of the best off-road vehicles. The CR-V probably will never go off road, but we can always use it in the snow. This makes sense because AWD is a response to wheelspin - and wheelspin in typical SUVs never occurs at those higher speeds. Determining the right down payment for a new- or used-car loan or a new-car lease depends on more than just the buyer's finances. One of the reasons many people buy a traditional sport-utility vehicle is for the extra security and traction of four-wheel drive. And that additional cost is probably 50:50 engine and driveline. In general, at those higher speeds gearing doesn’t allow sufficient torque at the wheels to invoke wheelspin. Since AWD is only engaged on rare occasions, sometimes automatic AWD is falsely called "part time 4WD". But in the majority of the rest of the market … not so much. by TLC1957 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:02 am, Post by TLC1957 » Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:36 pm, Post 547 Posts . For rain and very light snow, 2WD will likely work fine, and for most vehicles, front-wheel drive is the preferred setup. Those who can afford a new ride are in luck because there are some great cashback and lease incentives right now. 1. The car is very light because the engine and transmission have been made smaller. Subaru’s AWD system  always directs at least 20-percent of the engine’s power to the rear, and it can direct a larger amount aft if needed. XV, like all Subarus (except the BRZ sports car), has Symmetrical AWD. AWD will help, of course, if you have to get a boat up a slippery boat ramp. by inbox788 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:20 am, Post On a performance car, rear-wheel-drive improves handling by balancing the car’s weight more evenly front to rear. Overall driving range is 435 miles in the FWD version of the RAV4 LE and 406 miles with AWD. I don't doubt AWD is helpful to some people. Can you drive in the snow without all- or 4-wheel drive? by Sandtrap » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:59 pm, Post Automatic AWD is NOT powering all 4 wheels all the time. by JPH » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:11 am, Post If you buy a mid-spec or range-topping model variant, you generally get AWD. Subaru gets around this problem with a viscous coupling just behind the gearbox. Same with mountain dirt roads in AZ. If you live in an area with occasional snow and rain, all-wheel drive is probably the right choice. 26 city/33 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD models. 13461. I have one with front wheel drive, and I did get briefly stuck on a gravely slope. Engineers refer to this system as an "on demand system". Regular trips to the snow, launching a boat on a ramp, rural property with driveway from Hell - all excellent reasons to own the AWD. by dbr » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:04 am, Post A 2WD CRV will handle like most front wheel drive Hondas in the snow and rain. AWD used to be a huge contributor to overall dynamic stability. Should you choose all- or 4-wheel drive anyway, just to be safe? Get a Kelley Blue Book instant cash offer. The easiest way to tell them apart is that all-wheel-drive systems are always on, and they use electronic sensors to determine which wheel should get a car’s power. 2015 Honda CR-V 2WD vs. AWD For model year 2015, Honda’s popular CR-V crossover is available in a variety of trims that range from the entry-level LX to the top-end Touring. The Tucson Active petrol 2WD is $4000 cheaper than the Tucson Active diesel. ↳   The Bogleheads® Wiki: a collaborative work of the Bogleheads community, ↳   Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community.

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