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#1455 of 1461 "It's about confidence"
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 19, 2012 (6:31 am)
"It's not even a debate," says Jim Vurpillat, global marketing director for General Motors Co.'s Cadillac brand. Luxury-car buyers expect all-wheel drive to be available on any serious luxury sedan, he says, which is why Cadillac is offering the technology on its new compact ATS and large XTS sedans, as well as its midsize CTS model.
What is debatable is whether all-wheel drive delivers enough safety and performance benefits for the $2,000 to $3,000 extra charge car makers typically add to the price tag, as well as the mileage penalty that the extra weight of all-wheel-drive hardware still exacts in most cars.
Consumer Reports compared the slick weather performance of a Toyota Corolla to a Land Rover and concluded that the CorollaŚwith its thin tires and light bodyŚstopped much more quickly in snow than the burly, all-wheel-drive, luxury SUV."
All-Wheel Drive Goes From Novelty to Necessity (Wall St. Journal)
#1456 of 1461 Re: "It's about confidence" [steve_]
Sep 19, 2012 (7:26 am)
OK, but how well would an AWD Corolla perform compared to a FWD one? That's the real question.
Articles like that get headlines, though.
Plus AWD is to supposed to help you get through. If you had to get your wife-in-labor to the hospital to deliver your first born in the middle of a snow storm, would you take the Corolla or the Rover?
Answer: your Subaru. It's lighter and brakes better, but still offers AWD.
#1457 of 1461 Re: "It's about confidence" [ateixeira]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 19, 2012 (7:52 am)
K, there's a project for you. Put the fuse in on your Forester and see if you get stuck this winter.
#1458 of 1461 Re: "It's about confidence" [steve_]
Sep 19, 2012 (8:10 am)
That just feels wrong. An idiot light pops up that says "FWD", as if FWD is a defect, so you know how Subaru feels about that.
#1459 of 1461 Re: "It's about confidence" [ateixeira]
Sep 20, 2012 (11:47 am)
"..how well would an AWD Corolla perform.."
Considering it would of necessaty be a F/awd in which the clear majority of the time it would be FWD only......
#1460 of 1461 Re: "It's about confidence" [wwest]
Sep 21, 2012 (8:29 am)
Yup, front axle would already be slipping by the time any power was sent aft.