Is getting a 4WD SUV eco-friendly?

  1. profile image51
    kukuharaposted 9 years ago

    Is getting a 4WD SUV eco-friendly?

  2. saisun profile image58
    saisunposted 9 years ago

    The most obvious answer would definitely be a resounding "no!" but there's a lot more to getting these kinds of vehicles than simply guzzling gas and hogging up pavement.

    Let's face it: SUVs are roomy, they're rugged, and they can handle terrain a lot better than a sedan; and they're usually a lot prettier and more comfortable inside (and usually drive more smoothly) than your average pickup truck or ATV.

    Additionally, an SUV will generally guzzle a lot of gas, and in most urban and suburban settings, a 4WD car is just plain pointless. However, if you're going to be driving up unpaved inclines, handling rough terrain, and/or carting a big load, a 4WD vehicle is the best one for the job. It's a lot less likely to break down in those kinds of situations, since it's built specifically for those purposes. This means that you'll be expending much less time and resources on repairs, replacement parts, or even replacement cars.

    As with all things: ask yourself if it won't end up getting wasted.

    Be honest: try to figure out if you'll actually be using that 4-wheel drive and all that extra space, or if it's all just for show/just for those just-in-case-once-in-a-blue-moon situations. If it's the latter, you'll be better off saving your gas money/auto loan money for more fun things. At the end of the day, the real question is really: is it worth it? Take into consideration all of the things that you might have to pay for; the consequences of your owning and driving such a vehicle --research to see if there are cheaper, cleaner, more efficient alternatives available. If you can honestly answer "yes" to the first question, and can't find any alternatives, then it's safe to say that it'll at least be eco-neutral.

    Besides... there are probably a lot of hybrid/electric/clean energy 4WD vehicles available already. If not, the smart money is on the possibility that they'll be available really soon.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)