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I'm in the market for an Explorer, most likely a 2016. When equipped with 4 wheel drive, does anyone know if they have automatic 4x4? My 05 Expedition has it, and I really like it. Also, is there anything in particular I should be looking for in the way of problems?
 

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Yes, it’s automatic. Also has the selectable drive for various conditions. The things are absolute tanks in the snow with proper tires. I totally agree that the auto 4 wheel is a sweet deal…..
 

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2016 Explorer Platinum 3.5L, Black on Black, TwinTurbo, 73K mi. Other car: Tesla 2014 Model S 85.
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I bought a 2016 Explorer that automatically engages 4 wheel drive. I don’t know how it is automatically determined.
You can also select it manually by a selector wheel located next to the gear shifter (for snow, mud, grass, sand or steep descent).

As per your question regarding potential problems… Not a “problem” but I suppose it consumes more fuel… today in “normal” 2 wheel drive conditions it gave me 20.7 mpg when used on adaptive cruise control at 70 mph. Curious to know what the mpg is on 4x4…

Good luck getting your new toy!
 

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You’re truly never in 2wd with these things. The terrain management system spreads torque based on demand. The terrain selector allows you to decide how it will respond. In normal mode, it is pretty capable in all environments. Sand mode is the most fun because it’ll let you spin the tires a little. Only when it’s really snowy out do I ever mess with the selector. I average about 21.5 - 22.5 highway, but, I have noticed the wind really affects mileage. Likewise, you can never really have it ‘4wd’. I find that pretty handy because you won’t forget about it and kill your mileage or components.

Enjoy the ride. They are a great vehicle!
 

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Thanks for the explanation, now I understand one of the main differences between these AWDs and the 1970’s 4X4 trucks.
 
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