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Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?  
User currently offlineMaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3862 times:

Does anyone know why the SUV's are 99 percent of the time rear wheel drive?
Do they make them rear wheel drive so you need four wheel drive?

Can anyone tell me?

-Thanks
Max.

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User currently offlineCoRocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1211 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3857 times:

Not sure of the true engineering aspects, but in general, rear-wheel cars have more traction, creating more power for towing (push vs. pull). Since SUV's are supposed to be for pulling, towing, off-road etc (not towing babies and groceries) then this would probably be the reason.

User currently offlineMaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3852 times:

I completely forgot about towing.

User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5393 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3848 times:

Also, most SUVs are truck-based, and FWD is not suited to heavy-duty (i.e., truck-like) use.


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User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3843 times:

Front-wheel drive was created as a cost-cutting measure - the ability to put the engine, transmission, steering, front suspension all together in one assembly and bolt the whole thing in the car. With 4x4 such an effort is defeated by all the mechanicals related to the transmission that have to go elsewhere.

Also, as Sccutler mentioned, FWD is not designed for loads. I've never seen a FWD Semi-truck.

Charles


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3833 times:

Depends if they have the Haldex system or not..


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3826 times:

What the hell is the point of having a SUV if its not 4-wheel drive???

User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3817 times:

Fritzi,

99% of all SUVs never see any mud or real off-road conditions.

Charles


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