- August 15, 2011
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Lutz, FL
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 2011 Explorer
well u just said u r goin skiing therefore snow and hills. i would definitely get one with 4wd. or even an awd. fwd will do good in the snow, however, if u get into some serious snow and hills (which is always possible) the fwd wont do much of anything when ur bottomed out to the frame in snow. thats when u would hit the 4wd button or lever and get out of that mess quick and easy. trust me, its not fun pushing a big truck out of a ditch or drift in the cold. especially when its unexpected and your ill equipped. if your paying a lot of money for a brand new explorer u might as well get one with 4wd. i think u would regret getting a fwd. remeber that your gonna be well over 5000 pounds once u count for people and equipment and a full tank of gas. thats a lot of weight for just two front tires, especially in bad weather.
What if there's no frame to bottom out on?
If snow is deep, this explorer isn't the smart choice to be out in...AWD or no. The ground clearance, especially front fascia, is just plain low.