Tag: 4WD

26 Posts

Ariel view of winding road.
Jan 22, 2019

Some Options That Fit the Off-Road-Adventuring Bill

Dear Car Talk

Stephen wants to replace his old 4x4. What's his best bet?

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Mar 02, 2017

Just Because You Can Do Something, That Doesn't Mean You Should

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Bob wants to turn his 4WD S-10 Blazer into a 2WD to save gas. What's involved, and will it help?

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Feb 09, 2017

If You Want to Go Off-Road, Get a True SUV

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Evan asks if a newer crossover will handle backcountry exploration like the more rugged trucks of yore.

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Jeep Renegade problems and complaints
Mar 14, 2016

This Week's Turd of the Week . . .

Car Talk Car Complaints

Find out what earns Car Talk's top dishonor this week. 

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Mt Washington snow coach
Feb 18, 2015

VIDEO: We Climb Mount Washington in the Snow (in a nice, warm van)!

Craig Fitzgerald

Contributor Craig Fitzgerald examines the SnowCoach at New Hampshire's Mount Washington, a one-ton Chevy 15-passenger van equipped with four-wheel drive and snowmobile tracks.

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When to use four-wheel drive
Mar 07, 2014

Today: When to Use Four-Wheel Drive

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Claudine's daughter just got a used Honda CR-V, her first four-wheel drive, and Claudine wants to know how to get the best use out of it. Tom and Ray say her daughter picked the best kind of four-wheel drive--the automatic kind. Find out why this is safer in difficult conditions and more effective in everyday road driving, as well. 


Driving a sedan in snow
Jan 01, 2010

Which is better for the frozen north: an SUV or a lower-riding car?

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I am a doctor living in an area that typically can get 6 to 8 inches of snow on the ground at some point in the winter. Snow plows are not always out on the roads when I drive. For this reason...

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Sep 01, 2008

Should it cost extra for an oil change, if your car is 4-wheel drive?

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A few weeks ago, I stopped at Jiffy Lube for an oil change (I have a 2005 Kia Sportage, four-wheel drive, with 16,500 miles). I asked the man behind the counter for a price on an oil change. He said $24.95. And then...

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what is the difference between full time and part time four wheel drive
Aug 01, 2005

Four-Wheel Drive: Full Time vs. Part Time

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Larry test drove a four-wheel drive Jeep Liberty and thinks some of the stuff the salesman told him about part time and full time four-wheel drive was just plain wrong. Can Tom and Ray set the record straight?


is there something about suvs that makes them more dangerous on ice
Feb 01, 2005

Why are so many of the vehicles I see stuck in snowy weather SUVs?

Dear Car Talk

I recently drove from Mississippi to Oklahoma to visit my family for Christmas I made my trip one day after a winter storm moved through the area I saw several vehicles off in the ditch which I presumed were accidents...

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