Have you noticed that car-based (and FWD-based) all-wheel-drive crossovers are touting what they’re packing as “4WD” or “4×4”?
This strikes me as more than slightly cheesy… .
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I used to have a 2006 BMW X3 3.0. It always seemed to handle very differently (and better than) similar competitor cars. Is this because it maybe had a rear-biased AWD system? I loved that car, but a clover blew a stop sign and drove me off the road to avoid t-boning his odyssey. Maybe I’m just imaging things but it always felt like the majority of the torque came from the rear, specifically noticeable when cornering at higher speeds or when I had a full car of passengers/cargo. I’m ignorant of what to look for to know for sure and would appreciate your insights on how to ID what crossovers/suvs DO have rear-bias awd.
The X3 is an odd duck among crossovers in that it is based on a RWD car, the 3 Series. That is why it handles so much better than the typical FWD-based crossover!
Thanks for the reply Eric. Good to know!