- Feb 1, 2007
- Dallas, Texas
- 00 4Runner | 02 919 | 87 XJ6 | 86 CB700SC
Maybe up there, you only see the 4x4 versions, but the majority of Explorers sold were 2WD. Wander on down to the Midwest or South sometime - lots of SUVs, most aren't 4WD. And as an ex-Commiefornian, you should have noticed that most of them weren't 4x4 out there. Look through the Craigslist sites for most major US cities and you'll find the Explorers are majority 2WD. I don't remember seeing any article talking about how the Jeeps were split, production wise, but there are quite a few 2WD XJ Cherokees and ZJ Grand Cherokees running around. Not just here in Texas, either.That may be the case in Texas, Spectre, but for most of the US outside of California and the southern states don't get 2WD models. I didn't even know that the Grand Cherokee was available in RWD only until some idiot from California drove one on bald tires up to a local ski resort and then couldn't get our of his parking spot when a bit of snow rolled in. He asked me to tow him out of his spot and then drag him over to the road - I refused because the road was in bad shape and marked "4x4/Chains Required" and he would have killed himself or someone else.
Up here where snow is more common the vast majority of vehicles that are build with AWD or 4WD are sold as such. Even small SUVs, like RAV4s, are almost exclusively AWD up here.
Also, starting with the third-gen 4Runner, 2WD sales outnumbered 4WD.