Originally Posted By GlutealCleft:
Originally Posted By Angry-American:
Ideally in RAV4 range, 27mpg or so with the 4 cylinder.
I think you're trying to defy the laws of physics. RAV4s get better mileage than "real 4WD" SUVs precisely because they are not
"real 4WD" SUVs.
Some of the real 4WD suvs can get you into the low to mid 20's in highway MPG, but that's going to drop a LOT in the city... by 30-50%.
If it's mostly a road vehicle... do you really need real 4WD? My wife's Element, with on-demand 4WD and GOOD tires has truly impressed me in snow, ice, and mud, and I've taken it places where a lot of folks wouldn't think such a vehicle would go. In the high Rockies in passes where they won't let you drive without chains or 4WD, I've never had a problem. My daily driver is real 4WD, but honestly, for street and highway use (including winter), I've never seen a situation where it would have made a difference over her on-demand setup.
Maybe I am worrying it to much but I am looking at year round driving from Iowa to northern North Dakota every few weeks. I plan to keep a kit(arctic sleeping bag, food/water, shovel, lantern etc) in the vehicle in case I need to pull over due to bad weather and just live it out in the vehicle if needed for a day or two. I just figured it would be smarter to have a more capable vehicle, but I think your right, the chance of that happening is a lot less than what I will need which will be a good run about town/commuting vehicle.
Still, it would be damn nice if the EPA would lift off a little and allow small diesels in American vehicles.