My 4Runner has full time 4WD, I don't know if there's any difference between that and AWD. I pull a bass boat and I was tired of slipping on the ramp all the time, a real pain. When I got the 4Runner I opted to get the FT 4WD and have been very pleased with its performance. When I pull the AS or the boat, I never slip, especially going around a corner and accelerating, a problem with 2WD. Except for snow, it never slips. I'm happy with my choice and if I were to buy another TV today, it would have the same FT 4WD option.