4WD SUVs are ‘pretty weird’ according to Consumer Reports

2023 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited SUV in the all-new purple reign color, parked in the desert.

Today’s SUV buyers have more options than ever, unless they’re shopping for a four-wheel drive (4WD) SUV. While 4WD enjoyed decades of popularity as the powertrain of choice for off-road capable body-on-frame SUV models, all-wheel drive SUV models are taking over. So what is 4WD? How is it different from AWD?

What is the difference between 4WD and AWD?

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First, consider that all modern SUVs emanate from two design sources, cars and trucks. Automotive engineers used pickup trucks as the basis for early popular SUV models, and newer SUV designs use technology derived from automobiles. Truck-based SUVs use a traditional front-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration, while car-based SUVs built on monocoque platforms use front-wheel drive.

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