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2WD vs. 4WD vehicles

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2WD vs. 4WD vehicles

Having camping and backpacking scuttled, am wondering whether it is necessary to have a 4WD vehicle for the roads on which vehicles are allowed. The rental car company didn't seem to think so. I imagine some of the permitted roads are fairly steep. I own a Honda Fit that doesn't have the power to do steep and no experience with a more high powered vehicle. Would a mid size car do?

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1. Re: 2WD vs. 4WD vehicles

No need for 4WD except maybe down to Waipio Valley

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2. Re: 2WD vs. 4WD vehicles

All wheel or four wheel is only needed on a hand full of roads like Road to the Sea Beach. If you look at the cost to rent a 4wd or SUV then try to insure either vehicle the cost doesn't make sense and typically better off just going w/ a tour operator such as to the top of Mauna Kea or what not.

In general the average tourist is better off just getting the smallest/cheapest car possible. Pick a car based on how many people and amount of luggage you plan on hauling. Unless your rental house or accomodation has a very steep approach road don't bother thinking about 4wd vehicle.

Edited: 04 December 2013, 22:08
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3. Re: 2WD vs. 4WD vehicles

No rental agency except Harpers allows you to take even their 4wds down any road where you would need them, including Waipio Valley.

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4. Re: 2WD vs. 4WD vehicles

No need 4WD. If you're somewhere that you do, you're likely somewhere you ought not be.

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5. Re: 2WD vs. 4WD vehicles

Thanks for the info...will definitely do as you all recommend,

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