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2WD vs 4WD

I am thinking of a 2007 Hyundai Tucson but it is 2WD. Right now I live in but pretty soon I will be up north and I need to know if 4WD and AWD is something that is important, never driven in snow I love to camp and will be in a more rural area so I to know if the 2WD will be okay for all of terrain, sand, mud, you it.

Also any pros and cons about the Tucson would be appreciated.

4WD is nice to have if you are in a place, but not absolutely necessary. If you are moving north to a colder-but-not-very-snow it’s really not necessary. 4WD to get your vehicle moving easily in snow but will NOT you stop, which is often necessary. 4WD also helps turning to some degree. 4WD is in ice, as no one should drive on icy

If you do camp off the beaten path, 4WD can be on nasty roads.

There is one If the 2WD version is rear wheel then you may want to opt for the 4WD. wheel drive in snow your gonna have a bad

The big things with winter you should know: drive keep space between you and the car in of you, drive slowly, a safety kit in your car (kitty candle, blanket, water, slowly, ice scraper and brush, drive slowly, never let gas go below a quarter tank and slowly. Once you are up north, get to an parking lot and practice maneuvers as donuts and e-brake slides.

My drove in Michigan in lake snow belts from 15 24. Drove RWD pickup, 4WD pickup and FWD Now I just deal with Hood/puny Portland snows.

I to know if the 2WD will be okay for all of terrain, sand, mud, you it

Well, er no. Or there would’t be any in having 4WD. You would be, question, limited to the terrain and you could easily/safely negotiate if you had

How much you would be limited depend on the particular terrain/surface and the weather likely during travelling.

Driving in snow be a major issue if you had the right and stuck to the highway, but the less the area and the more hilly/rural the more 4WD would be an advantage. So depends on exactly where you go.

But if you want to be limited by your in your camping, a 4WD gives you the options.

snow tires

In my rather limited experience 2wd has with mud, sand, and loose gravel that 4 or AWD easily tackle. Probably of people drive 2wd in snow

The 2wd drive Tucson is front drive (FWD) so if you were going to be driving on snow tell you not to worry about AWD and AWD are not the same thing but I’m not to get into it here) and maybe about some snow However, since you’re about a rural area more importantly, some driving, you’re probably to want the AWD model.

Even FWD is probably fine as long as talking about gravel or well packed dirt with no steep hills. If it raining and that hard dirt has turned into mud and you need to get up a hill, you’ll you had AWD.

posted by VTX at 12:34 PM on 7, 2010

2nding good tires as being more than the number of wheels powered.

posted by dabug at PM on October 7, 2010

How north? How How much camping in what of conditions? Without knowing I’d say for most people, 2WD is and 4WD is just a nice to have

The Tuscon you’re looking at with 4wd) isn’t you’ll be taking on ORV trails or feet of unploughed snow. a station wagon with a bit ground clearance.

data – I have a jeep SUV for off-road use. Outside of trails and a few days during winters storm of the century, haven’t needed to use 4WD. Not storms or on primitive camping in state forests.

If you’re in you probably don’t need

But if you’re really, seriously, to be driving in sand and mud (as in, not just on bad but on things that aren’t at all), a Hyundai Tucson one w/stock tires) isn’t to cut it.

posted by box at 12:52 PM on October 7,

Pretty much everything Fabulous said.

Decide how off-road you really intend to do and that means to you. 2WD front-wheel drive or whatever, deal with loose conditions (sand, gravel, etc) anywhere near as as a AWD/4WD, and those vehicles have a greater ground too. If off-road to you means a road or unpaved county heading to an established campground, you can get away with a front-wheel the vast majority of the time.

If means a totally unimproved, road with foot+ vegetation growing on it and rocks up, then you need a 4WD with good (ie expensive) tires. In the an AWD with decent clearance probably do.

The basic mantra is 4WD allows one to get stuck farther home.

There is one catch: If the 2WD is rear wheel drive, you may want to opt for the 4WD. Rear drive in snow means gonna have a bad time.

The of FWD over RWD when driving on are overblown in my opinion. Surely than the difference between all tires and even unstudded tires. 4WD helps very in sand where contact and traction management is important.

For unimproved roads 4WD is mostly only for the increased ground that goes along it. I don’t recall much in that regard between 2WD and 4WD models. Once you get into places with no road 4WD can be useful or mandatory but I personally buy into the SUV marketing until I found I was wanting to go places required it.

The down side is 4WD is There is about 50% more train to buy and it’s more it requires more maintence; you to buy more expensive tires and wear faster; and gas mileage is (especially if you have to buy a bigger or lower final drive to get 4WD).

90% of my driving up here in the white north has been in 2WD The only time outside of off driving I’ve ever I’ve needed 4WD is when the on the road has been more

15cm deep or a combination of and temperature fluctations has resulted in so icy one couldn’t walk to their car holding onto something the way and generally I just stay when either of those two happen as irregardless of ones own there are enough suboptimals around for it to be too dangerous.

Caveat: I spent three hours on the of the road waiting for a plow to by when the snow acculation on the exceed the ground clearance of my It wasn’t a lack of traction (never actually a problem in in that car) but of lack of The lack of weight over the wheels combined with the bottom and heavy sticky was causing the front wheels up like a tobboggan and to lose with the ground.

That event and the snow that caused it were freakish outliers though but to be aware of if Michagin regularly 30cm of snow in a couple

I don’t know about the but I have GMC 4WD and I use it alot in the winter in It helped me feel comfortable moving here from

I don’t like AWD, it to not work as well as 4. I have the of AWD and I just use the 2 most of the time. drive in 4WD on the highway. People drive on sand dunes their 4WD’s, and it will ruin them, but they a lot of fun.

It snows a lot here, and is only what I use it for. The plows pile snow at the end of our in huge amounts, that both front and back drives, although front drive does better on roads. A lot of it is ground clearance.

Hmm you looked into a used outback. I think a used outback would be better in the then the hyundai tuscon?

If you can than about 5 MPH on the terrain you is rough, it is not rough and you do not need

People from wimpy are often surprised when learn that in Minnesota I am from originally) most drive ordinary cars. A on snow and ice, 4WD just that 4 wheels are spinning instead of 2.

I work in some very rural areas several times a week all long, we drive our work through stretches that like something in one of those SUV Through mud, across fields, over rocks, all stuff.

We use 4wd in exactly two situations: out on this one super steep (you have to stop and for cross-traffic, then start on loose dirt) and when we the slowness of 4wd-low to move a at walking speed while work alongside. (Oh, and we are towing a heavy trailer on ground sometimes, but that’s rare.)

Seriously, those are the only when it gets used, My own vehicle has 4wd, which I as a backup in case of bad weather driving Forest Service in the mountains; for day-to-day driving, mountain passes and other driving, it’s totally not Pretty much, you can use 4wd to get yourself trouble, or you can use it to get yourself out of trouble, but you use it for both.

Get it if you want it, or if it makes you better.

But like everyone saying, studded tires, and simply having a clue winter driving will you a lot safer.

Good snow will make just any car winter-ready, at least in southern Of course, what would be would be to have both and snow tires– you’d to pretty much plow into a deep snowdrift to get

However, snow tires are a bit You have to store the out-of-season someplace when they’re not used. Also, they are expensive than regular and they are made of softer than normal tires and wear out more quickly.

And you want them on their own so include that in the cost.

And newer cars, having two of tires can be a major pain, cars are now required to have monitoring, which involves transponders placed inside the and you have to invoke some voodoo to get the car to recognize the new transponders as If you’re lucky, you can register sets of tires with the and not think about the issue

But in some cases you have to ask a to reset your car’s every time you switch the to prevent the car’s computer switching into ‘limp mode. So definitely research the for the model in question if it has tire monitoring.

As for AWD. there is a definite in the fuel efficiency department. assuming a good-quality AWD implementation Audi or Subaru provides, I imagine it increasing tire (Subjectively, I prefer how AWD handle in the point at which traction is in cornering seems more and the way in which it loses traction controllable.)

Also, many don’t allow you to use studs or chains, since they eat up the

You very likely don’t AWD. I live in the a fairly town in Canada and we do just with 2WD cars here snow tires are a must). It is the out from the city for the weekend in AWD SUVs with all season that get stuck or slide off the They don’t have tires, proper driving and they think that AWD them invincible.

Don’t be those people.

I love to too and I sometimes use a 4WD truck for that I rarely actually use the 4WD. It is to have occasionally (starting up a hill, creeping down a steep slope, starting in very deep snow), but if you absolutely sure you need it, you don’t. I use 4WD sometimes when FWD be just fine, but RWD doesn’t well. Secondly, notice how the I gave all rely on the very low that real 4WD gives

An AWD Tuscon won’t give you any of advantages. If you really need a 4WD you need a real 4WD vehicle in your case would be like a Toyota 4Runner).

by ssg at 10:25 PM on October 7, 2010

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