How to Compare a 4WD SUV

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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:

    Acura MDX
    BMW X5
    Ford Edge
    Honda Pilot
    Hyundai Santa Fe
    Lincoln MKX
    Nissan Pathfinder
    Subaru Tribeca
    Toyota 4Runner
    Toyota FJ Cruiser
    Volvo XC90

  • 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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