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Also, how much would using front wheel drive only affect vehicle stability and safety while driving on pavement? Inquiring minds would like to know. Guessing we are not going to know these answers until Rivian decides it is time to release their EPA numbers. Thinking, with deliveries beginning this month, its time to release this information.
I would assume that two wheel drive mode would not affect stability or safety when driving on the pavement. There are plenty of very safe 2wd vehicles out there. Never have I ever seen anything written that says 4wd is more stable or safe. My understanding is that 4wd only helps you during acceleration and forward traction. If you're really tearing around corners it might help there too, but this is an SUV. Tire choice has a far more meaningful effect on stability and safety when on pavement.
 

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Yeah, the optimist in me is full of hope that FWD/Conserve bumps the max range up 15+ miles. But the pessimist in me is hoping that the officially-announced range doesn't already factor in the Conserve mode. 🤷‍♂️
If it's only 15 miles extra I'll be driving in full 4WD unless I'm on the highway on cruise, wearing an extra layer of clothing with the seat heaters on.
 
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