Four-wheel drive is a specific type of drive-train system that can send power to all four wheels simultaneously. This is a popular option as it provides added safety and traction in slippery road conditions. When purchasing a four-wheel-drive SUV, there are a few key features on each make and model that you should compare.
Things You'll Need
- Driver's license Computer with Internet access Pencil/pen Notebook
Comparing 4WD SUV's
You will find several popular four-wheel drive SUVs, including:
Hyundai Santa Fe
Toyota FJ Cruiser
Write down all of the features of each SUV. Important are towing capacity, engine type, off-road capabilities, tires and ground clearance. Also choose what type of four-wheel drive system you want, as there are three different types: automatic, full-time and part-time 4WD. Also note other features, such as available colors, seating options and included electronics.
Pare your list down by detemining which SUVs lack the features you desire.
Test-drive the remaining SUVs on your list.
Research consumer reviews on sites such as Consumer Reports and Edmunds, so that you know you are getting a tough, rugged, reliable four-wheel drive SUV.
Tips & Warnings
- Knowing the differences between the three types of 4WD systems will help you with your purchase decision.
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