Four-Wheel Drive: What's the Difference Between 4H and 4L?

Bend, OR drivers who have trucks or SUVs with four-wheel drive systems get enhanced capability. At Team Kia of Bend, we want to help you make the most of your four-wheel-drive system, so read on to learn when to use 4H vs 4L.

4L (4-Low) is best for when the conditions of the road are very challenging, such as when you're driving on a significantly steep grade or on an extremely slippery surface. When you're in 4L, you need to drive slowly. It's recommended to go as slow as possible in this setting because of the additional torque that's being sent to the wheels for maximum power and traction.

4H (4-High) is used more than 4-Low. This setting is made to enhance grip on surfaces that are wet, muddy, or rocky, and with this setting, you can drive at faster speeds. Typically, you can drive at speeds as fast as 55 mph in this setting while power is being sent to all four wheels for improved traction.

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