4×2 or 4×4? Which is Better for You?

Looking to invest in a new SUV or truck? Well, then there’s a big decision ahead: do you want to buy a 4×2 or a 4×4 drivetrain configuration? It is important to first understand that the drivetrain of a vehicle is the mechanical system through which the engine is connected to the wheel. Thus, both these drivetrain configurations, 4×2 and 4×4, have their advantages with different effects on vehicle performance.

The main difference between the two is that in a 4×4 vehicle, all four wheels are given torque and are actively ‘driven’ by the engine whereas in a 4×2, only two wheels are provided torque. Gumtree helps you understand the difference between the two:

Pros of 4×2 drivetrain

  1. 4×2 SUVs are more affordable than 4x4s and also cost less to maintain.
  2. These SUVs are also more fuel efficient, saving big bucks in the long run.
  3. Drivers consider 4×2 SUVs easier to drive due to their weight balance.

Cons of 4×2 drivetrain

  1. The 4×2 SUVs can get stuck or bogged down in mud or sand.
  2. The two inactive wheels may not have enough power to maintain balance and control on slippery roads.

Pros of a 4×4 drivetrain

  1. These vehicles have excellent stability and traction, giving them superior performance in adverse weather conditions.
  2. 4×4 SUVs are the preferred vehicles for off roading across terrains.
  3. These vehicles have a higher resale value.

Cons of a 4×4 drivetrain

  1. The 4×4 SUVs are more expensive due to their higher production costs.
  2. Insurance costs are also higher for 4×4 SUVs.
  3. Reports suggest that drivers operate these SUVs in a more dangerous manner, which can lead to accidents.

Now that you have the knowledge, it is time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

Sharing is caring!