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Subaru Forester, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Liberty, Ford Escape, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Saturn VUE, SUV
#4921 of 4944 Ford Escape/Tribute/Mariner
Sep 28, 2008 (3:04 pm)
to get a new 2.5 4cyl producing about 177HP. However, the new 2.5 will get BETTER MPG than the 2.3 with the option of a 6spd automatic. The 3.0 will get a power boost to 240HP and will come standard with the 6spd automatic. Plus, the new 6cyl will offer better MPG too! Ford is listening and delivering.
The wifes 04 Mazda Tribute ES V6 is approaching 56,000 trouble free miles. We are waiting for the 09/10 Tributes to hit showrooms and then we will test drive a 4cyl model with the 6spd automatic.
#4922 of 4944 Re: Ford Escape/Tribute/Mariner [scape2]
Oct 02, 2008 (10:17 am)
I read about that, too, and it's a huge improvement for the 4 cylinder powertrain.
I was sort of expecting that with the redesign, but I guess they redid the powertrain a year or so later. Better late than never.
#4923 of 4944 Re: Comparison of small utes [carczar]
Aug 31, 2009 (1:46 pm)
Well ! I believe your right and I did by a Santa Fe for my wife, She loves it !
I would have added the hyundai is using the Borg-Warner all wheel drive system
Given high marks by all the reviewers I have researched and read
many reviews claim it equal or better then subaru's drive system
please do your own research don't believe me please .
far more quite, better fit and finish the most.
we have taken the Santa Fe high into the rocky mountains in storm conditions 45+ miles per hours winds, heavy rain hail, 2 +inches of water on the road
it performed perfectly with out a flaw
MY wife had 2 Toyota Prius before the new Hyundai,
gas mileage is exactly what the window sticker claimed
#4924 of 4944 Re: Comparison of small utes [blizzard4]
Sep 01, 2009 (9:09 am)
You can't just list a supplier name and declare an AWD system superior and call it a day, without even providing a reference.
Here's a reference:
They say it is "designed to meet the growing front-wheel-drive-based crossover, sport-utility and passenger car vehicle markets", which means it's not built from the ground up, but rather made to add on to an existing FWD platform. Compromise from the get-go.
They also say "Born from BorgWarner's experience in producing over 1,000,000 AWD clutches since 1998" yet Subaru has produced many more than that for the US market alone, and the US is not even Subaru's #1 market. So Subaru has much more experience than what they're bragging about.
Lastly, they write:
the NexTrac® system is controlled by an ECU that manages driving torque and is able to detect loss of traction to prevent wheel slippage, assuring instant response in nearly every driving situation
Clearly that is a reactive system. They argue it reacts instantly, but that's still not the same as providing full-time traction 100% of the time, nor can it be proactive if it's waiting for a detection of loss of traction.
Sounds like an improvement over the old system Hyundai used, which could not even use the traction control and AWD systems simultaneously, but this is far from matching Subaru's much greater experience with full-time pro-active systems.
#4925 of 4944 since this thread...
Sep 01, 2009 (6:20 pm)
i would like to point out that having an 04 escape v6 and an 09 also, the mileage for the 09 is much better.
over 75+k with the 04, it has averaged 19.2 mpg. the 09 with 40 more horsepower, is averaging 22.7. that translates to about a 15% improvement already!
the 04 is part time 4WD and the 09 is full time AWD.
Sep 02, 2009 (9:28 am)
Anyone sweating the details of fwd/awd slip&grip systems should also bear in mind the Grand Vitara's full-time AWD. With a low range commonly installed.
I'd be interested in hearing how a pro-active traction control system works.
#4927 of 4944 Re: Slip & Grip [xostnot]
Sep 02, 2009 (10:23 am)
I'd be interested in hearing how a pro-active traction control system works
Subaru has several AWD systems, at least 4 I can think of off the top of my head, so let me first specify that I am talking about their VTD (variable torque distribution).
How is it proactive?
VTD takes several inputs, including throttle position, for starters. So when you hit the throttle, the VTD can adjust the torque spread pro-actively, even while the engine revs up, well before tire spin occurs.
Borg Warner's web site stated pretty clearly that after slippage occurs, it can react instantly, but that's still reactive, after you've lost traction.
The coefficient of friction of a slipping tire is much lower than a tire that has not yet slipped. Subaru's VTD can spread power evenly and potentially prevent that traction loss before it ever happens.
VTD also uses all the inputs from the stability control system, including yaw sensors, steering angle sensors, wheel speed sensor, steering position sensor, lateral G sensor, longitudinal G sensor, and brake pressure sensor.
So let's look at a fairly common occurence: drop-throttle oversteer.
You enter a turn a bit too fast in a reactive AWD crossover, which is in 100% FWD mode because you have traction (for now). Suddenly you let off the gas to slow down, and all of the engine braking is being done by the front wheels alone.
VTD wouldn't be in FWD to begin with, but the throttle position sensor would let it know you let off the gas abruptly. The longitudinal G sensor tells it you are slowing down, and the lateral G sensor tells it your are turning. To top that off, the steering position sensor tells it your intended path, so it would have shifted power to the rear so the engine braking would not compromise your stability.
If all that fails, only then does the stability control kick in and apply the brakes. Subaru's philosophy is that the AWD should act first.
Similarly, if you're going down a steep hill, it would know most of the weight is on the front tires and could shift power bias to the front. Going up that same hill, power would go to the rear axle.
The Borg Warner system would try to climb that hill in FWD first, and once it failed, the rear axle would kick in and try to save it.
The Subaru is smarter and would have known that already.
That's VTD, if we look at Viscous Couplings they default to 50/50 and react from there. So while they are reactive, at least the power split starts out balanced. Still better than 100% FWD reacting and sending some power to the rear axle.
#4928 of 4944 Re: Slip & Grip [xostnot]
Sep 02, 2009 (10:27 am)
Suzuki deserves kudos for offering a low-range, very rare in this segment, perhaps the only one?
Plus you could get a V6+manual trans combination. Very nice.
I test drove one a while back, before they updated the engines. I think back then it was on-demand part-time 4WD, I don't recall.
#4929 of 4944 Re: Slip & Grip [ateixeira]
Sep 02, 2009 (10:32 am)
I've always liked the Grand Vitara, and yes, it's the only small SUV (discounting the Wrangler) that offers a low range. As far as I know, the current generation GV always offered full-time AWD, but with (or without) a low range, depending on trim level.
#4930 of 4944 Re: Slip & Grip [rsholland]
Sep 02, 2009 (11:05 am)
Back then the V6 really only offered 4 banger power. They've fixed that, so I should go take another test drive.
Any excuse to go look at new vehicles.