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Re: 2014 Highlander vs JGC

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On-Demand AWD isn't that bad nowdays. Modern systems can react in fractions of a second, and can predict traction issues before they arise.
Agreed, our highlander is great on snow, but I think of it as front wheel drive with great traction control as needed.

However we just got back from a big family trip to Sedona, Durango and a few other places with some great Jeep trails that we had to pass on; anything more than a dirt road is not Highlander territory in my opinion.
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On-Demand AWD isn't that bad nowdays. Modern systems can react in fractions of a second, and can predict traction issues before they arise. For example, a lot of them will pre-emptively turn on the AWD if an increase in throttle or steering input are detected, so as to avoid any possibility of a low traction situation arising. Some vehicles will even give you the option of locking it into awd for snow/bad weather.

I had part time AWD on my last vehicle, and frankly it performed well. It never saw snow, but did see LOTS of deep water, and never had issues there. It didn't even have predictive AWD like newer vehicles have and the AWD would kick on in under half a second - barely perceptible when driving really.

Jeep does need the Grand Wagoneer desperately. But if delaying its launch means it isn't designed by the same moron that did the 2014 Cherokee, then they made the right choice.
I have driven three vehicles with on demand Awd (2005 trailblazer which also had dedicated 4x4 modes, 2007 Rav4 v6, and a 2012 Rav4 4cyl) and in snow they just were lacking compared to the 2008-2013 Highlander active 50/50 split. Turning corners especially with packed snow/ice/slush the on demand systems reacted late where my current Highlander just turns and moves forward without a complaint. There not bad systems and maybe the latest ones are much improved but I prefer full time hence why the JGC is on my short list of possible new vehicles.

I just want to add I have driven more than my share of fwd only vehicles without major problems in the winter but prefer active AWD.
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