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Good all-wheel drive SUV options

Asked by Brian and Karen Whelan

I've been retired for 10 years and recently stopped caravanning to do more overseas holidays. We've owned several 4WDs, including a Land Rover, two Range Rovers and five LandCruisers, the best still being our current 2006 100 Series 'Cruiser, which just clicked over 140,000km. We'd consider an all-wheel-drive Kluger but have been spoiled by the constant AWD of the later 'Cruisers. Toyota says the Kluger is predominantly front-drive with rear coming in when slip is detected. I'm not looking forward to the natural understeer evident with front-drivers, particularly in wet conditions like roundabouts.

Answered by CarsGuide

30 Nov 2015 Paul Gover

With modern stability control systems and on-demand all-wheel-drive you are far less likely to get caught out with understeer (where the nose of the car pushes wide) than you once were. Having said that, the Kluger — and the LandCruiser for that matter — aren't city-friendly vehicles. If you no longer need to tow but still like the safety net of all-wheel-drive, why not look at a Subaru Outback or Forester?

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