If you live in an area where snow and ice are common in the winter, travel on unimproved roads for fun or work, or simply want an extra degree of security in inclement weather, you should really consider an all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle. For many people, and when combined with the right tires for the conditions, an all-wheel drive vehicle offers the most traction in the greatest number of situations. Where conditions are less severe, or your recreational needs are not as serious, a front- or rear-drive vehicle with good season-specific tires should be fine.
Let’s start with the basics: what’s the difference between all- and four-wheel drive? Unfortunately, the distinction is blurring. It used to be that 4×4 systems were utilized on trucks, intended for off-road travel, with a transfer case that offered a high range for moderate speed use, and a very low range for maximum traction at