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Would you be kind to share why did you buy 4Motion or FWD? Would like to here your thoughts? What the benefit? I do drive off road. Plus I drive to Lake Tahoe a lot. Plus I drive in really bad weather (hard rain) and high wind in the rain (hence why I as thinking 4Motion).

Wanted to understand the buying process based on what others have experienced? Thank you in advanced for sharing your experience.

Wanted to know if asking to put my name on a list to order is like asking for the world? As I wanted to put my name on a list since they didn't have any.

Am I asking for the world - trying to find a Taos SEL 4Motion (may be a front wheel drive.. might b) with the following features...
  • Cornflower blue
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Black interior (no java interior)
  • Rear bumper cover (is this something the dealer can install ?)

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Alice Ma
 

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I went with the 4motion because I live in Colorado. I think the AWD gives me a little more confidence driving in the crappy weather. I did see someone say that the FWD with proper tires is just as good though, so I guess it comes down to what will make you feel the best.

I bought mine during the stop sale, so I was able to work with them on the price. Didn't get to pick it up until the stop sale was over though. I assume if you order one, you will not be getting to negotiate a deal. IMO, your best bet is to scour the surrounding cities for a cornflower blue. Seems like the panoramic sunroof is going to be the tricky part. The dealerships in Denver had like 2-4 with panos and the rest were SEL no pano. The sunroof is great though and I think it's worth the extra cost. You're already going for a SEL.. might as well go all in ha.
 

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AWD, Minnesota, snow

I was in touch with my sales rep long before even the FWD models came out, and told her specifically what I wanted and she was able to pull it from incoming inventory (with deposit) once the 4Mo models started hitting port.

Cornflower Blue SEL 4Mo, w/ pano sunroof... Interior is black and dark grey. Bumper Cover is a dealers installed accessory that your dealer can install
 

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We bought a FWD Taos SEL from a local St. George dealer's inventory. We just moved to SW Utah in June after semi-retiring from New Jersey. Arrived with only one vehicle, a Tesla Model 3 AWD, after having downsized during COVID, since NJ was locked down hard and commuting to Manhattan was shut off. Long story short, we could easily get by on one vehicle in NJ, but here in Utah, things are wide open and we found ourselves driving to different places at the same time.

For a second vehicle, we wanted something with more cargo space, decent range, and the ability to drive over rough gravel roads to remote hiking trailheads. We have no plans to go offroad, we'll use a Polaris UTV for that. We own a set of winter wheels/tires for the AWD Tesla, so we didn't require AWD on the Taos for trips to Cedar Breaks or further north, because the Tesla would work fine and wouldn't require chains.

Various reviews favored the smoothness of the FWD's 8-speed auto over the supposedly rough shifting 7-speed AWD Taos. Acceleration, fuel efficiency, and 250 lb weight savings all ticked boxes in the FWD model's favor. But most of all, we wanted something NOW (June) and the front wheel drive SEL was available and on the lot in Cornflower Blue. Other than some annoying dash rattle around the center cockpit display, it's been wonderful.

Given your requirements, I think the AWD is a no-brainer. A set of winter wheels with true snow tires (E.g., Bridgestone Blizzak) would help on the drives to Tahoe. But nothing comes close to AWD for off road driving.

One additional advantage of the AWD is ventilated seats. That would have been a terrific option here in SW Utah, but wasn't available with FWD.
 
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