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4WD is when all the wheels turn at the same speed. Great for low traction situations like mud, snow and ice; not applicable for roads because wheels will want to turn at slightly different speeds, which will wear them and the powertrain out.

AWD allows for the wheels to turn at different speeds with an additional differential. Cheap SUVs apparently use cheap open differentials, which horrendously compromise all of the vehicle when only one wheel is on a slippery patch.

Solution is to use a torque sensing (TORSEN) limited slip differential, which adds about a few hundred dollars to the cost. Apparently both hongdu and toyoma thought it good cost savings to let their cars get stuck all over the place.

These vehicles could be so much more, but without a decent LSD, they are no more than grocery getters for soccer moms, retired school teachers and accountants.
 
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