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    4wd vs awd

    How many of you noticed that 2015 escalade is 4wd not awd ?

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    Yes I did notice that as well??

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    So no more open diffs?

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    I think it is better than to have awd. I have 4wd in my hybrid escalade and it works perfect. off road capable with the lockable 4wd low.

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    I was told by the area rep it was the same all wheel drive system as in the present model, but I know the video and online info say different.

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    I really hope it is 4wd - prior to my last two Escalades all my trucks were 4wd, and contrary to what the salesmen say - there is definitely a difference - and not for the better with AWD.

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    Depends what you are using it for.... You shouldn't use 4wd full time on pavement AWD is designed just for that.

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    AWD also sucks a few MPGs. I missed 4wd when I switched to my first Escalade, my mileage dropped substantially....

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    It's looks to be 4wd. If you look really close at some of the interior pix , there is a dial to the left of the steering wheel that's indicates "2wd,auto 4wheel" I think ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by wav1911
    It's looks to be 4wd. If you look really close at some of the interior pix , there is a dial to the left of the steering wheel that's indicates "2wd,auto 4wheel" I think ??
    You are right
    It's just like the 07 tahoe I had.

    Didn't like the 4wd
    Liked escalade awd a lot better
    Gas mileage is not much different

    07 tahoe 5.3 4wd I was getting 15mpg
    09 escalade awd I get 13.5 mpg

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    AWD handles better, 4WD has more traction.

    AWD is good for most road situations, but if you have AWD and your rear tires are stuck in the snow, you are probably getting yanked out by a 4WD truck.

    I personally prefer max utility so I would take 4WD over AWD. I actually think Caddy needs to do this to justify a higher price for the Escalade. The advanced 4WD systems offerred by some of the $100k competition are really good.

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    . with 4wd you have options of 2wd, 4 hi and 4 lo!. awd is the 4 auto choice in the dial.

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    Just a heads up... Some 4wd vehicles are not "true" 4wd... They have a 3rd wheel spin faster and that's it... Where some have locking diffs which are much better.

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    Quote Originally Posted by sdgc View Post
    Just a heads up... Some 4wd vehicles are not "true" 4wd... They have a 3rd wheel spin faster and that's it... Where some have locking diffs which are much better.
    If they do not put a sophisticated market competitive 4WD system in the Escalade they are going to have a hard time justifying a $90/100k price tag.

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    Re: 4wd vs awd

    They'd have a hard time justifying that price if they filled the interior with cash.

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