CoRocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4480 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.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4466 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.