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Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

Hi, guys, I'm comparing the 2014 Cherokee Latitude 4X4 with the 2014 Subaru Forester Premium AWD. They are both around 26K. I took some quick test drive of both on city road but could't tell which one was better in terms of driving performance. Any insight please?
BTW, I live in south Florida, so no snow only rainy days.
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Re: Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

From what I've been told, the Subaru's AWD system is superb.

But since you're in FL.... I don't think it'll matter if you get an AWD, 4WD, or 4x2 vehicle...
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In my humble opinion: A two wheel drive that can go into 4 wheel drive when needed should give you a bit better gas mileage (1 mpg) I have heard. 4WD/AWD would still add a safety margin for rain slick roads even in Florida . But as WATacoRider said in Florida a fwd wheel drive or AWD would work just fine.
I just ordered a Cherokee 2/4 wheel drive, with active drive 2 just to give me maximum safety and control in snow that we get in the Midwest. But in Rain/slick roads there is a huge difference also. I just like 2 WD in normal driving and the feel of 4 wheel dive kicking in when there is slippage. Part of why I love Jeeps.
Good luck on your search
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Re: Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

The Jeep Active Drive I 4x4 and the Subaru AWD systems work pretty much the same way. Not much difference.

The Active Drive II 4x4 systems adds a Low Range for added control and traction off-road. The Subaru system does not have this.
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Re: Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

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The Jeep Active Drive I 4x4 and the Subaru AWD systems work pretty much the same way. Not much difference.

The Active Drive II 4x4 systems adds a Low Range for added control and traction off-road. The Subaru system does not have this.
Low range doesn't add traction, it just adds torque multiplication.
Having said that, selecting low range on some implementations does lock the
transfer case--those usually have a warning against using them on non-slick/loose surfaces.

Low range is useful if you ever leave Florida on trips to where there may be actual hills. Or if you mud crawl in Florida.

Although an all time 4wd or AWD may cost slight gas mileage, it sure does
help handling on wet roads--which Florida does get pretty much every day at 3:15 pm it seems. And if you keep it long enough, the rare snowfall or ice storm may actually occur.
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Re: Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

The vast majority of cars in So Flo are 2wd... so a fwd Cherokee should be fine.
In the future I am interested if after market companies add a suspension lift option.
The Active Drive II is much more capable in off road wheeling options than the Subaru system. AD I compares to other SUV AWD options in its competitive category.
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Re: Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

At this time we wouldn't touch a Subaru with a 10 foot pole.

Shocking statement I guess. Well, not really. Our Limited has been at the dealer for a week and our so will pick it up on Tuesday and put it in our garage as we are in Florida until mid December.

We have Active Drive II for a reason - we will tow it behind a motorhome and it is a simply matter with a transfer case that has Neutral. The Subaru may be a fine car but it can only be towed with a manual transmission. So it is out of the question for my wife (the Limited will be her car).

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Re: Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

Thank you for the inputs!
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I guess none of you guys has ever had the pleasure of driving through Florida sugar sand.... stuff is deadly...even for 4X4
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Re: Which one is better? 4WD or AWD

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We have Active Drive II for a reason - we will tow it behind a motorhome and it is a simply matter with a transfer case that has Neutral. The Subaru may be a fine car but it can only be towed with a manual transmission. So it is out of the question for my wife (the Limited will be her car).
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Same here! The 2014 Jeep Cherokee could become a dingy of choice given its relative light weight, better gas mileage, and an all-wheels-down automatic 4x4 with neutral, which eliminates the speed restriction. I tow my automatic AWD Honda CR-V at 65 mph (the manufacturer's stated max speed), but while going down steep grades or passing, I'm going faster. Then I'm worrying about what's cooking in the tranny.
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