4×4 or 4×2 and the Pros and Cons of Both

February 21st, 2017 by

4x4 vs 4x2 pros and cons

When purchasing a truck or SUV many go through the internal debate of whether to buy a vehicle with a 4×4 or 4×2 drivetrain. As there is with anything, there are pros and cons to both options. Hopefully after reading the information below, making a decision on the drivetrain you want to or need will be much easier.

4X2 Drivetrain

A 4×2 drivetrain (4×2) delivers drive or torque to the vehicle’s front or rear-wheel axle, so only two of the four wheels. This a 4×2 drivetrain is more common than a 4×4 on almost all cars, trucks and SUVs.

Pros of 4×2 Drivetrain

In comparison to 4×4 vehicles, many of the benefits of a 4×2 vehicle are related to weight. A vehicle with a four-wheel drivetrain has extra components to deliver torque to all four wheels, and those components make a vehicle heavier, which means a 4×4 vehicle’s fuel economy and payload and towing capacities are all lower than those of a 4×2 vehicle.

Also, 4×2 vehicles have a lower starting price. The price difference between a 4×2 or 4×4 vehicle typically ranges between $1,000 to $3,000. Finally, two-wheel drive vehicles have improved handling and they are easier to drive due to the weight balance of the vehicle.  

Cons of 4×2 Drivetrain

The negatives of a 4×2 vehicle are less important for people that live in warm and flat climates, like Florida, Arizona or Texas, where there is no snow or ice. However, people that like to go off-roading or that live in mountainous, snowy or icy areas might find that a 4×2 vehicle doesn’t meet their needs.

4×4 Drivetrain

A four-wheel drivetrain (4×4) delivers drive or torque to the vehicle’s four wheels.  Most SUVs and trucks are available with a 4×4 drivetrain and some vehicles, like the Ram Power Wagon and  Jeep Wrangler, come standard with a 4×4 drivetrain. You can view Driver’s Auto Mart’s selection of 4×4 vehicles here. We have quite a few options, including Ford, Ram and Chevy trucks as well as SUVs.

Pros of 4×4 Drivetrain

In terms of off-road capabilities and challenging terrains, 4×4 vehicles are much better than 4×2 vehicles, especially when it comes to mud, water crossing, or steep inclines. While a 4×4 vehicle might have a lower payload or towing capacity than a 4×2 vehicle, 4×4 vehicles offer improved towing capabilities when on slippery inclines, like a boat ramp or slick incline.

Cons of 4×4 Drivetrain

4×4 vehicles have a higher starting price and they are slightly less fuel efficient than 4×2 vehicles, so they are a little more expensive to own. The extra drivetrain components make 4×4 vehicles a little more expensive to maintain and harder to drive.

We hope this helped! If you are Interested in a truck or SUV, we have plenty in both 4×4 and 4×2. Check our Driver’s Auto Mart inventory here, and find the perfect vehicle for you.

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