What mode do you normally drive in? 2WD or AUTO? - Page 2 - Nissan Pathfinder Forum
View Poll Results: What mode do you normally have selected on the 4x4i control?
2WD 11 45.83%
AUTO 13 54.17%
LOCK 0 0%
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-19-2016, 01:47 PM
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Yeah, I think we're both on the same page, just expressing ourselves differently.

There is a difference between the Pathfinder's AWD system (that they call 4WD) and a true 4x4 system that is either full-time or selectable. In the Pathfinder, selecting 4WD Lock will provide equal power to both front and back axles for a limited amount of time, then it automatically switches back to AUTO after certain conditions are met (e.g., reaching a certain speed, turning the ignition off, etc.).

In AUTO, 4WD will engage, but it is my understanding that power will be transferred to the wheel(s) that are slipping, and not necessarily to one or the other axle. If someone who knows this for sure, please chime in and enlighten me.

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In AUTO, 4WD will engage, but it is my understanding that power will be transferred to the wheel(s) that are slipping, and not necessarily to one or the other axle. If someone who knows this for sure, please chime in and enlighten me.
If you watch the Driver Assist display in the center of the drivers pod (between the speedometer and the Tach) - and you are in AUTO, as you pull away from a dead stop, you can see the Pathfinder push 5% or so of the power to the rear wheels for just a moment while in that initial acceleration phase off the line. The rear wheels are not slipping, but I believe that the Pathfinder is putting some power to the rear wheels to encourage a smooth application of the engine power to the road.
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If you watch the Driver Assist display in the center of the drivers pod (between the speedometer and the Tach) - and you are in AUTO, as you pull away from a dead stop, you can see the Pathfinder push 5% or so of the power to the rear wheels for just a moment while in that initial acceleration phase off the line. The rear wheels are not slipping, but I believe that the Pathfinder is putting some power to the rear wheels to encourage a smooth application of the engine power to the road.
I came here to post exactly this and that I use mostly "Auto" mode.

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I leave mine on Auto also, but I wish Nissan uses RWD for the 2WD rather than FWD

Especially in the rain, let the i4x4 do their work...

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I leave it in 2WD unless it's wet. Lock for real 4WD conditions (muddy roads, tracks etc).

Wonder if there's a difference in fuel economy.
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I have always used 2WD selected. In the Pathy and my 2001 Suburban. I didn't see it in the Pathy owners manual but in my Suburban the owners manual specifically states to leave it in 2WD for normal driving. selecting Auto will decrease MPG slightly and decrease ride comfort. even though the manual says it will only add the additional traction when the computer sees it needs it. I know..... big difference between 2001 suburban and 2015 Pathy. but old learned habits are hard to break.


And I trust the older owners manual over the newer cars to give me true info. seems the newest owners manuals are written by lawyers and don't give us very much real info. like fuse and relay panel diagrams....newer cars just tell us to bring to dealer.

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During summer and good weather 2WD. During winter AUTO. Have used the LOCK a few times in deep snow.
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