When a comment or thread stated AWD, did this mean all time all wheels turning under power, or does this mean it has regular 4 wheel drive? I need clarification to help shop for the one I want. I do not want a full time 4 wheel drive system. We don't get that much snow in the north central Idaho valleys. Just need 4x4 when truly needed 😉thank you!
First off, ALL 4x4 Commanders are in 4-HIGH, full time 4WD all the time
- which you would probably consider all wheel drive, that's one of the reasons why they typically get such crappy gas mileage.
There is no way around that - unless you buy a 2WD Commander and if you buy a 2WD Commander, you won't have any 4WD capability whatsoever.
I would strongly suggest you read this thread; pretty much anything you need to know about Commanders when you are looking to buy one, is in there:
Quadra-Trac I is probably the closest to what you would call AWD - but it's actually Full-Time 4WD and has the single speed (NV140) transfer case.
Quadra-Trac II - Full time 4WD - 4-LOW capable - has the 2 speed (NV245) transfer case.
Quadra-Drive II - Full time 4WD - 4-LOW capable - has the same 2 speed (NV245) transfer case with the addition of ELSD (Electronic Limited Slip Differential).
All three 4WD systems also come with Traction Control & Electronic Stability Control.
So based on your comments and assuming you do want a 4x4, I'd say you want either a Quadra-Trac II or Quadra-Drive II which both give you the capability of a true 4WD vehicle with a 2 speed transfer case, meaning that you can drop down into 4-LOW when conditions get dicey in Idaho.