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Old 12-10-2014, 01:19 PM
Location: Chicago
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Originally Posted by kevst7 View Post
Thank you to all those who have responded. I have received quite of bit of information and it has helped immensely. I am still not sure what I will get because I am trying to think of my future needs as well. I may want a boat somewhere in the near future and even though awd and 4wd is not necessarily needed for that either, I have always loved having it when I've had a boat.
If you do a LOT of boating, then AWD -- or better in this case, fully lockable 4WD -- can be a big help getting you up slippery boat launches especially with a loaded trailer. If you only use your boat once in a while, then the cost-benefit calculation of the extra up-front cost and the slight fuel economy hit becomes less favorable toward AWD.

Otherwise... as I mentioned, even way up here next to Canada, most of us get by just fine with 2WD, though it should be said that we have the equipment to make sure our roads are cleared off within hours of a snowfall. Meanwhile down in Atlanta, it sounds like a couple inches is enough to shut down the city until it melts off in a day or two so you wouldn't be expected to go anywhere anyway; but if you just have to be out and about after a snowfall, a set of all-season tires with a tread pattern optimized for traction in light snow and mud will get you around just fine through up to 4 to 6 inches of snow. The tradeoff is that all-seasons optimized for such duty will provide passable traction at best in fair weather conditions, so don't plan on any assertive switchback-driving on 'em come summertime.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:35 PM
Location: ATL -> HOU
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AWD definitely helps for pulling boats out. Our RWD Ram struggles whenever there's too much sand on the ramp. Fortunately though it's usually just once a year. If it were a weekly thing it'd be worse.
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