senza said:The extra weight is the biggest factor in any higher fuel consumption but there is some friction involved in turning that fairly substantial drive shaft up to the "clutch system" and rear differential/driveshafts....the rear axles don't look particularly "beefy"/QUOTE]
Ahh yes. Forgot the drive shaft to the rear is being turned all the time. I guess that means the FWD will have better acceleration and engine braking too (less mass to accelerate/decelerate, similar to a lightened flywheel). Oh well, I wouldn't trade the AWD for the amount of difference it makes.