MaxPowers
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Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 3:16 pm

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?

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RE: Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 3:28 pm

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.
 
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RE: Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 3:42 pm

I completely forgot about towing.
 
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RE: Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 3:51 pm

Also, most SUVs are truck-based, and FWD is not suited to heavy-duty (i.e., truck-like) use.
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RE: Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 4:05 pm

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.

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RE: Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 6:28 pm

Depends if they have the Haldex system or not..
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RE: Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 6:52 pm

What the hell is the point of having a SUV if its not 4-wheel drive???
 
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RE: Why Are Most Of The SUV's Rear Wheel Drive?

Thu Mar 06, 2003 7:48 pm

Fritzi,

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

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