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4×4 v. 4×2 Pickup Trucks: Which Is Better for Utility Fleets?

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Among utility fleets, four-wheel drive pickup trucks have become the dominant light-duty pickup, a change from five years ago when there was an even distribution in 4×4 and 4×2 pickup trucks, according to Utilimarc, a fleet data and telematics company.

“Utilimarc was surprised to see that the percentage of 4×4 pickups keeps growing — possibly eventually leading to the demise of the 4×2,” according to the company’s blog.

For the analysis, Utilimarc used data from 2012 to 2016 from 50 of its utility fleet benchmarking clients, comprising 8,700 light-duty pickup trucks (Ford F-150, Chevrolet 1500, and Dodge 1500). In 2012, four-wheel drive vehicles made up 51% of light-duty trucks — by 2016, it had risen to 69%.

The company also found that four-wheel drive vehicles tend to be newer (5.42 years versus 7.28 years for 4×2 vehicles), more expensive to purchase, and are driven significantly more — an average 3,641 more miles annually than 4×2 trucks. A look into the average number of days between unscheduled/demand repairs found that the 4×4 trucks stayed out of the shop slightly longer  — averaging 78 days on average versus 77 days for 4×2 trucks.

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