by Chris Chase The auto industry has seen many four-wheel drive, or 4×4, SUVs come and go. These off-road-ready vehicles were more common in the 1980s, when they were frequently positioned as extensions of pickup truck models. Those early SUVs proved popular for weather-tight cargo areas. However, by the 1990s, automakers began to realize many... Read More.
In the most basic sense, vehicles with four-wheel drive (4WD or 4×4) have a lot in common with the average family car. Obviously, there’s an engine, and a transmission and drive shafts to get its power to the ground. But if your aim is ford streams and drive over rocks, you’re going to need something more rugged than the sedan you drive to work.... Read More.