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Last winter was brutal, no doubt about that. So you might be thinking of getting into a four wheel drive or all wheel drive vehicle before the next polar express comes screaming out of the great white north. Before you do, you should ask yourself some questions so that you understanding the difference between wanting a 4×4 and needing a 4×4.
Driving habits and location have a lot to do with whether you should buy an all-wheel drive vehicle (AWD) or a 4-wheel drive (4×4) vehicle. If you’re driving mostly around town and on the highways, you probably don’t need an AWD vehicle, but to help answer your question, it is important to understand the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive and what that actually does.
All-Wheel Drive— AWD is designed to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle at the same time. AWD is generally found on more car-like vehicles and smaller SUVs like the Toyota Rav-4. I own one of those myself.
Four-Wheel Drive– 4WD or 4 x4 is designed to transfer power to all four wheels of a vehicle. 4WD is predominantly on trucks and SUVs based on trucks platforms and is great for off-road situations where one or more wheels might loose traction or even lift off the ground completely in rugged terrain.
While AWD and 4X4 can help a vehicle accelerate in slippery conditions, they don’t help with braking and rarely improve overall handling. Neither option will help in a skid where all four tires loose traction such as in black-ice conditions. I can attest to that. My Rav-4 is AWD, but I spun out twice last winter in spite of that. Often just making sure you have the right tires and they are properly inflated will do as much or more as a 4X4.
Four wheel drive vehicles are great if you travel on dirt on unpaved roads, but if you’re driving is on paved roads and highways driving. If you tow a boat or a camper, a truck with four-wheel drive will prove useful on sandy ground or dirt roads, but for towing on dry roads, four-wheel drive is not necessary.
You should also look at the cost of ownership. AWD and 4WD vehicles generally have a higher resale value, but tend to be heavier and less fuel efficient —a big consideration with the current price of gas. If you live or travel frequently to an area where you are driving on dirt roads, an all-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicle may be the best option to avoid getting stuck on muddy or snowy roads.
So think about your needs. Express Auto has dozens of great 4X4 and AWD vehicles, you might do just as well without and save yourself some money in the bargain.
Bonus Tip: If you are committed to a 4X4 or AWD, look for this icon when you browse our inventory.
Whenever we post Flex-Fuel vehicles to our inventory we use that little icon to the right. Be sure and make note of it when you see it. It can save you money at the pump and help save the environment, too.
Millions of Americans today are driving Flex-fuel vehicles, which are also known as dual-fuel vehicles because have an internal combustion engine that is cable of running with a mixture of different fuels. Therefore, flex-fuel vehicles are not the same with those bi-fuel vehicles, which have two separate tanks for every different type of fuel they use. The flex-fuel vehicles often run on a mixture of either methanol or ethanol and gasoline. Except for some fuel system and engine modifications, they are quite the same with gasoline-only models. It is important to note that flex-fuel vehicles experience no loss in terms of their performance when they operate on E85 (85% ethanol). Flex-fuel has significant impact on the environment, since ethanol burns cleaner than gasoline. It is actually responsible for generating fewer toxic fumes that is beneficial to the environment. The fact that this doesn’t contribute extensively to greenhouse gasses makes it a great alternative for those who are environmentally conscious individuals. Flex-fuel vehicles have been designed to burn any proportion of mixture that is in its combustion chamber. The electronic sensors determine the blend, while the microprocessors are responsible for the adjustment of fuel injection and the timing. Flex-fuel is an alcohol-based fuel that is made from distilling and fermenting starch crops. It also serves as a perfect alternative to purchasing any foreign oil, and it can be up to $1 cheaper than any regular gas. Since the fuel is locally produced, it could help reduce the dependence of the country on foreign gasoline. In addition, this fuel results in a fewer green-gas emission and the fewer emission of the carcinogen benzene that regular gasoline does. Flex-fuel vehicles are equipped with special technologies, and throughout the years, there have been a lot of advances and impressive innovations made to boost their performance.
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Mike from our Holland stores gives us a tour of this 2005 Chevrolet Equinox. A great mid-sized SUV with a big-car ride and lots great features. Just one of dozens of amazing cars we have waiting for you.
The automobile industry uses general size categories to classify their available vehicles. Mid size and full size cars are two common categories for cars. The specific vehicles offered in each category depend on the car dealership standards as well as the type of vehicles they use. Understanding the general differences between the two categories helps you make your selection when purchasing a car.
Both mid- and full size cars have the capacity to hold five people, with two in the front seat and three in the backseat. The size of the people traveling in the car affects your choice. Five adults crammed into a mid-size car will likely feel uncomfortable and crowded. Even four adults may desire more room. A mid-size car is a better option for no more than two adult travelers. Two children can comfortably fit in the back seat of most mid-size cars. For more than two adults or for teenagers, a full-size car provides more interior room. The full-size option also gives you more room for three children, particularly if they need car seats. A mid-size car may not accommodate all of the car seats.
The space in the trunk for your belongings is another consideration when choosing between a mid-size and full-size car. A mid-size car is smaller overall and typically has less trunk space than a full-size car. Both sizes should accommodate two large suitcases in the trunk. A mid-size car can handle two more smaller bags, while a full-size car should have enough room for a third small suitcase. If you have lots of cargo to haul, choose the larger full-size option.
Because it is a higher class, the full-size cars will generally cost more. The price difference is typically very minimal. For a lease especially, the price difference isn’t substantial. Compare the pricing between the two classes with your program advisor to decide if the extra space is worth the added cost.
Used car dealerships use different brands of cars that vary slightly in size and available space. Typical mid-size vehicles might include a Pontiac Grand Am or a Nissan Altima. A full-size rental might include a Ford Taurus or a Chevy Impala. A mid-size vehicle with dealership may give you more room than a vehicle in the same class with a different dealership. Each dealership categorizes its own vehicles, so a vehicle you consider a compact could end up in the mid-size category. Size is the most common way to classify cars, but some companies also use the features of the car. A smaller car with extra features may move up to a higher class.
The Most Popular Vehicle in Michigan: the Ford EscapeFord Escape for sale at Express Auto
It’s no doubt living in Michigan, we see more vehicles made by US car manufacturers on our highways. But is there one model that you see more than the rest?
If you seem to see a Ford Escape each time you check your mirrors, you’re not the only one. According to the MSN Autos article, the Ford Escape is the most popular vehicle in Michigan.
It makes sense that the Ford Escape is the most popular vehicle in Michigan and Ohio. Both states are home to Ford manufacturing facilities, which means locals are more likely to support the brand. Both states also have rough winters, making a small crossover with good ground clearance and all-wheel drive a perfect choice for snowy conditions. – MSN Autos
Do you have a Ford Escape – what do you like most about the small SUV?
Looking for a Ford Escape? Our BDC department will be glad to discuss your vehicle needs. Give us a call at 877-EasyCredit