That is an inaccurate statement. AWD and 4WD are synonymous terms. AWD is usually used in reference to systems with a center differential and can be used full time. That does not mean they have LSD. AWD does not mean full power to all wheels. It is still one drive wheel on each axle unless they are locked or have LSD.
I would love to see a real explanation of that system. The videos make it seem like it's magic.I agree, AWD does not always mean limited slip at every corner, but for this discussion, I was using the term "good" AWD....which is what the Subaru's Symmetrical system is...as well as Acura's SH-AWD.
Here is a pretty good video of Subaru vs Honda, Toyota, Ford, and Nissan.
All-Wheel Drive | Subaru AWD
Not totally true. Whether you have rear wheel drive, front wheel drive, awd or 4wd, if you're able to maintain a safe speed given the road conditions you outlined than the issue is moot. Now, if you're going up an incline/steep hill and you need additional traction for example; fwd is better than rwd, awd is better than fwd and rwd and 4wd is the best option to have. 4wd with lockers trumps them all. Given you're road scenario, being in 2wd with a JK is just fine. There isn't even be a need to be in 4wd. I think awd might be an easier system since there's no button to push, I believe for the most part, or lever to pull. I think that's what makes it appealing to the majority of drivers. The vehicle makes all of the decisions for you. Not my idea of a good time.Tires withstanding, a good AWD system in "regular" winter driving is >>>>>> than a RWD Wrangler.
Clearly is you are driving through a blizzard, or just had a foot of snow dumped on you and the street have not been plowed, the Wrangler will win. But if we are talking your typical December through February that has patchy ice, sleet, and slick but salted streets.....AWD is a better system as it is basically like having a limited slip differential at every wheel.
Basically, if the roads are not bad enough to be in 4WD, than AWD is better.
500" of snow in a season. Then, I want a Rubi or a good tracked vehicle. 1/2 track would work. Sacriledge, but I'd take an H1 also.Thanks guy's this is helpful info. Especially the stuff I cannot quantify. Sometimes numbers don't tell the whole story.
Just to clarify my commute to Alta is 8.3 miles one way up Little Cottonwood Canyon it’s 8.3 miles average grade is 9.2% it rises 4,000 feet. The plows pretty much stop after 5-6pm so if it’s snowing the roads can be bad. I’ve had to turn around with my 2wd car a couple times. With chains I can normally do ok in my 2wd but it’s not a pleasant experience and if a chain snaps it’s game over. Not a lot of guard rails so it’s a little sketchy. We average 500" of snow in a season.
While gas is better on the Subaru it’s not amazingly so… Maybe 5-7 more real world mpg but over the long run it will add up. Seems like most folks say the 2012 JK has enough power while most reviews on the Subaru are lack luster.
JK 17-21 stated mpg
XV 23/30 stated mpg
Subaru has one of the best AWD systems out there....it does look like magic...probably because it is one of the few AWD systems that actually works.I would love to see a real explanation of that system. The videos make it seem like it's magic.