In 2014, the only minivan available in the United States with all-wheel drive is the Toyota Sienna. Approximately 17 percent of Toyota Siennas sold are equipped with this feature. Chrysler offered all-wheel drive in its minivans produced from 1991 until 2004. The company eliminated the all-wheel drive option after 2004 as the rear drive shafts interfered with its Stow 'n Go seating and storage systemKnow More
According to AutoTrader, the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna are the two most popular minivans. Honda cites fuel economy as the main reason for not offering all-wheel drive for its minivan. The 2014 Odyssey, which is only offered with front-wheel drive, is rated to get 22 miles per gallon combined city and highway driving. The 2014 Sienna is rated at 21 MPG combined with front-wheel drive and 19 MPG combined with all-wheel drive.
Automotive News reports that the next generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan is likely to have all-wheel drive as an available option. That feature is expected to be offered in the 2016 model year. In addition to Chrysler's, other older minivans that had available all-wheel drive included the Buick Terraza in 2005 and 2006, the Dodge Caravan from 2001 to 2004, the Oldsmobile Silhouette from 2002 to 2004, the Pontiac Montana from 2002 to 2006 and the 2005 Saturn Relay.Learn more in Car Makes & Models
Advantages of driving a vehicle with four-wheel drive include better traction, greater hauling and towing capabilities, and being able to handle snowy and icy driving conditions better. In some cases, drivers might simply feel more secure driving a vehicle that has four-wheel drive capabilities.Full Answer >
The first all-wheel drive vehicle was the Lohner-Porsche, made by Professor Ferdinand Porsche in 1900. The car used individual wheel hub motors to propel each wheel independently. The unique feature of the car was that it was a hybrid vehicle that used batteries to power the wheel motors.Full Answer >
An all-wheel drive vehicle uses a transmission that distributes power to both the front and rear axle separately through the use of transfer cases. Using multiple transfer cases, an all-wheel drive vehicle can redirect power to each of the four wheels independently.Full Answer >
To engage the four-wheel-drive capability on the Chevy Blazer, press and release the button marked 4HI on the instrument panel to the right of the steering column. This option can be enabled at any driving speed.Full Answer >