Originally Posted by AAAA
Of course it depends on your driving style to a major degree. But I have noticed one thing having owned 4WD and now AWD (WK2 and Volvo XC-70) vehicles since 1971. AWD tends to eat tires faster than 4WD. On 4WD you can lock out the front axle making front wheels "free wheeling".
I agree. Also, with 4wd models, your fuel mileage is a little better. Less tires squeaks on tight turns.
I miss the whole manual engagement of 4wd also. I remember the threat of snow, I would just lock my hubs and if I need to go into 4wd, I would just shift the transfer case. Now with all these electrical parts and vaccum powered hubs on trucks...blah.
Call me old school, but I think sometimes simpler is better.