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Old 09-04-2011, 03:20 AM   #241
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I live on top of a mountain a little east of the poconos

4wd is nice for getting out of my gravel driveway that is really tough to shovel and sometimes it takes the plow a long time to get to us even if we pay someone to do it

thats the biggest difference i have noticed tires being equal

its def a little easier to get out of a snow gravel driveway
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Old 09-04-2011, 06:56 AM   #242
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2wd 4wd it doesn't really matter.

besides you can always swap a 2wd to 4wd if you felt the need for it.

ive had no issues with snow etc not having 4wd just take it easy on starts or use 2nd gear start.

and +1 to snow tires. but mind you here in NY and I travel upstate during winter Greenville trnpk and mountain rd can be harsh.. I still dont have winter tires and did fine. the element in my eyes performed better in the snow then my ex AWD grand caravan.
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:20 PM   #243
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Living here in mostly sunny California I probably will never have much of a need having 4WD, I suppose it is just nice to know it is there if it is ever needed.
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:47 PM   #244
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2WD versus 4WD

I have a 2010 EX 2WD but I am considering getting a 4WD. I found an identical one at a dealer in another state. My questions are:

1) What's the difference in gas mileage?

2) Heavier? Does it perform and handle better/worse?

Any answers and comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:59 AM   #245
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Threads merged.

According to specs published on the Honda Web site, fuel economy (city/highway/combined) for a 2010 EX auto is 20/25/22 for 2WD and 19/24/21 for 4WD. In other words, a negligible difference. The 4WD adds about 100 lbs. (all weights here). Handling is the same, except of course in regard to traction in slippery conditions.

OTOH, why do you need 4WD in Georgia?

Search term "4WD" also returns these relevant threads:
How does the Element handle Snow/Sand w/4WD?
4WD, limits of
Any 2WD vs 4WD Regrets?
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:24 PM   #246
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I live in a ski town in Colorado and travel quite often in the mountains. I wouldn't have even considered a 2wd Element...
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Old 01-11-2012, 03:51 AM   #247
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Unless you drive in the snow, I wouldn't bother with AWD.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:51 PM   #248
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IMHO the best reason to get AWD even if you don't use it is increased resale value... just compare what used elements sell for in your area - ones with and without AWD
You have a point but obviously you did not take in to account the fact that you more than paid that in lost gas mileage over the years.
I have the AWD as well and would have been just as happy with 2wd. Course it probably gets bad mileage either way. What the heck. I still love it even though it's a slow boat to China. I did Moto GP one weekend, rode up and wife took the E. I had my friends say they wanted to eat and drink and didn't want to ride after so I grabbed the E and well, I have an RSX S modded as much as stock will allow, I took a corner and I am quite sure that I was on two wheels as I was pushing off of my friends lap trying to right myself. We weren't even drinking, yet. lol I guess that would be a case of negative transfer. I didn't ever try to hang a corner again after that. I have to remember that I am in the E as sometimes I forget. lol
To me this is nothing more than a city dwellers Ute. My RSX with blizzaks blows by all, including AWD, in the heavy snow without so much as missing a beat. I love it. Tires are everything regardless of what anyone thinks. An AWD vehicle may take off with traction but I guarantee you that it doesn't stop any faster than a regular vehicle. False sense of security that has caused many soccer moms to find out the hard way.
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:57 PM   #249
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What are the benefits of a 4WD versus not. I live in Los Angeles area and plan to have this car for a long time....
Improved traction overall on slippery roads. Helps the economy by using 5% more fuel, increasing collected fuel taxes, which is spent mostly in the USA, and if the transmission is made in the USA . . .
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #250
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FWD or AWD?

I'm buying an element to go surfing in nova scotia (canada), i dont plan on doing any "off roading" but if i want to drive on sand or dirt trails to get to new surf spots i may need AWD. Basically what im asking is if AWD is going to be that much better than FWD. Is it worth all the extra maintenance cost and complications? Not to mention the fact i have a good deal lined up on a FWD 04 y package, should i wait for an AWD?
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