AWD vs FWD
I've booked my PMV to St. Croix in June with anticapted move in August or early September. I plan on purchasing and shipping a small, used SUV from the mainland. I'm aware of the VIN to get. But, my question is do I need AWD or is FWD in St. Croix ok? I've spent a lot of time in the Caribbean so I know some islands need AWD (or 4WD). But, I haven't been to STX yet so any input would be appreciated.
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I would not recommend AWD as a general rule. I have had two now, and while there is a benefit to the extra agility of an awd car, it is outweighed, in my experience, by the expense that tires will involve. Most AWD cars require even tire wear so if you have a sidewall slice, it's recommended that you replace all 4 tires. Our roads make that a real possibility (happened twice to me so far) so I would recommend either 2 or 4 WD and avoid AWD.
Front vs rear wd seems less relevant. We live in the hills, my wife has a fwd and my child has a rwd and both perform fine.