What mode do you normally drive in? 2WD or AUTO? - Nissan Pathfinder Forum
View Poll Results: What mode do you normally have selected on the 4x4i control?
2WD 11 45.83%
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What mode do you normally drive in? 2WD or AUTO?

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Referencing this thread I started yesterday, I am curious to know what you normally have selected via the 4x4i knob in the center console.

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They say mpg will be minimally cut by using the auto. But i only use it during rainy days for more security.
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I manually switch to auto during inclement weather, otherwise I leave the knob on 2WD.


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Full time AWD. You can always anticipate when you need it. Plus, from what I read, the AWD mode will be in 2WD until the computer detects slippage.

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Full time AWD. You can always anticipate when you need it. Plus, from what I read, the AWD mode will be in 2WD until the computer detects slippage.
You can't always anticipate when you need it.

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Notice on our auto-4wd. Whenever we move from a stop sign or Red light. The rear wheels get 5-15% power to move the vehicle. It goes into 2-front wheels drive when it's on the move, but then give 20% to the rear wheel if we're climbing steep slopes or hills. We've been getting 23-26mpg on i-auto.


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...from what I read, the AWD mode will be in 2WD until the computer detects slippage.
Just the opposite. That's why it's called AUTO. It will be in 2WD until it detects slippage. The 2WD setting will always remain 2WD.

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Just the opposite. That's why it's called AUTO. It will be in 2WD until it detects slippage. The 2WD setting will always remain 2WD.
Yeah, that is what I meant. Auto = AWD.

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Yeah, that is what I meant. Auto = AWD.
NO! In AUTO mode, AWD kicks in only in slippery conditions. Otherwise, in normal driving conditions, AUTO = 2WD.

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NO! In AUTO mode, AWD kicks in only in slippery conditions. Otherwise, in normal driving conditions, AUTO = 2WD.
I think we are tracking on the same page, just semantics. To me, here is how I see it:

Lock = 4WD (4 wheels always moving)
Auto = AWD (2WD unless slippage is detected and the 4WD engaged)
2WD = Always 2WD

So, my definition of AWD is limited slip differential to allow & disallow rotational difference between front and rear axles (toggle between 2WD & 4WD).

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