Originally Posted by Lateral Line
My lady is in the market for a smaller SUV. Please keep in mind I have a JGC 4x4. We live in the city that does not snow, although roads do get slick when it rains due to the infrequency of rain. Anytime we go out in the desert/mountain, we have my JGC for offroad use.
Should she get a 4x4 or FWD? Every part of me prefers her to get a 4x4 (because it's a Jeep) but i don't have a solid justification for it. The difference in MPG for 4x4 and FWD is 3 MPG.
Would a 4x4 be more costly for service/maintenance compared to FWD over the lifespan of ownership?
Thanks in advance for your insights.
4WD will always work better, especially with stability control, on slick roads.
That said you just have to consider this one fact about the Cherokee.
* The Cherokee is FWD by default when using the "auto" function on the selector dial. This simply means that the Cherokee will default as much as possible to FWD and only use 4WD when conditions demand it. The switch between the two is seamless and most of the time is unnoticeable.
Thus with this set up you will maximize your MPG, as the vehicle will spend most of its time in FWD. That is unless you use one of the manual 4WD selections on the dial.
Thus the argument is null and void over FWD vs buying a AWD/4WD vehicle for MPG. This Cherokee has a unique drive train that takes advantage of both.
I have gotten 30+ mpg on the highway with my Limited V6 with AD2 and Tow group. It is using FWD most if not all the time of the time I am driving it. That is using 89 octane mostly. Lately I have been using 87 with no real difference in mpg.
The only real disadvantage of 4WD is the extra cost. But use it a couple of times it is worth it.
Also the MPG difference is not that great between the I4 and V6. When you realize the performance difference its a no brainer. That is unless you are all urban driving. Just remember the I4 has to work a lot harder to haul that weight and 4WD system around. That extra work narrows the gap in the MPG area.
Just a thought.
Have the lady drive both the I4 and V6 and combinations to see with what makes her approval list.
It will make for a fun day for the two of you.