What is the difference in Rav4 awd vs 4wd

Asked by Nov 05, 2016 at 01:11 PM about the 2012 Toyota RAV4 Limited V6 4WD

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

The 2012 RAV4 shows 4D , 3, 2L on the console.... are you driving in 2 wheel
drive normally or 4 wheel??  IS the 2 wheel low front wheel or rear wheel
driven??

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Those just refer to the transmission gears, 4D means that it will shift from low to high gears normally, 3 it will only shift from first to second to 3rd gear, 2L means only first to second gears. AWD means that the vehicles has a system that controls the power transmitted each wheel independently, it may or may not have a low lock setting that is for extreme weather conditions and should not be driven faster than 45MPH. 4WD will have a selector, either a knob or a lever, that will show 4LO, Neutral, 4HI and 2WD. Hope this explains it all.

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Thank you for the your quick answers! For what conditions would I use 3rd gear? For fuel use and tire wear, wouldn't 4 wheel be better than All wheel drive?

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I would use the 3rd setting while running around town, speeds no higher than 40 MPH, if your going to exceed 40 then put it in 4D. Personally I would like to pick the range and drive my vehicle the way the road demands, and not let some computer decide for me. All though I can see the advantages to AWD to a person that was never trained on how to drive on snow and ice covered roads, but in most cases the AWD application does not have the Lo Lock setting, so they tend to drive too fast for the road conditions.

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