Here is a question that those who have the V6 4Runner will be able to help with. Unlike the V8 4Runner, the V6 allows for 2wd operation, in addition to 4wd (AWD).
Is there any benefit to operating in 2wd? After all, running in full time 4wd HI mode still allows one to drive on pavement and provides the benefit of a center limited slip differential, which often provides better handling, even in sports cars.
So the BIG question is - what is the benefit of running in 2wd only mode?
I am assuming that 2wd provides better fuel economy- but HOW MUCH better? (2wd vs 4wd full time) Can anyone answer this? Has anyone seen a measurable difference?
Perhaps the other benefit is less wear and tear on the drivetrain, but I doubt that is significant since the V8 and many other vehicles do just fine with AWD.
Of course this question is not about the benefit of locking the center differential. We all know that is for extremely low-traction situations (off road, etc.)
The real issue is the benefit/drawback of full time 2wd mode or full time 4wd hi mode with the center differential open (not locked).
Do you drive your V6 4Runner in 2wd mode or 4wd mode on the highway?
Thanks for your input.