4 wheel drive vs 2 wheel drive?

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I was thinking about getting a new truck. I just moved to Marquette, MI, and they get about fourteen feet (yes, feet) of snow a year. Should I look for something that is four wheel drive, or will a two wheeler be fine with snow tires/chains? Thanks!

About that 14 feet of snow…. It doesn’t all happen at once, and the city, county and state all operate snow plows to keep the roads clear during the winter. I lived in Michigan for a couple of years and my only transportation was a rear-wheel drive muscle car with street tires. Never had a problem getting where I needed to go.

A standard 2-wheel drive pickup truck should do fine if you fit it with some good quality winter tires, and keep about 6-8 loaded sand bags in the bed, placed between the wheel wells.


4 Responses to “4 wheel drive vs 2 wheel drive?”

  1. JetDoc — October 21, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    About that 14 feet of snow…. It doesn’t all happen at once, and the city, county and state all operate snow plows to keep the roads clear during the winter. I lived in Michigan for a couple of years and my only transportation was a rear-wheel drive muscle car with street tires. Never had a problem getting where I needed to go.

    A standard 2-wheel drive pickup truck should do fine if you fit it with some good quality winter tires, and keep about 6-8 loaded sand bags in the bed, placed between the wheel wells.
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  2. beergut12pack — October 21, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    Get a four wheel drive.You don’t have to run it in 4WD but it is nice to have when you need it.Sand bags are definately a good idea.
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  3. Kevin — October 21, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    4wd more expensive but if you arent used to snow is nice as long as you dont get overconfident. we recently bought an Awd suv over a fwd cause my wife feels safer in awd vehicle.
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  4. adaviel — October 21, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    4WD/AWD will definitely get you up hills better than 2WD, or out out of your driveway without bothering to clear it first. But it won’t help you stop, or make it round corners.

    Some roads here say "chains and/or 4WD". But chains are a pain to use.

    Or ask your new neighbours. If they all drive 4WD, copy them.
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