Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Are (small) 4WD's unstable?
Saw a RAV4 type 4WD on its roof last night, which is only the second car I've seen rolled for years and the other one was a similar vehicle. Last night's looked like it was T-boned by a car coming from its left through a stop sign, which turned its rear to the right and hit a median strip kerrb when it was side-on to it to some unknown extent and flipped. Distances didn't suggest excessive speed at all. I didn't see it happen so its impossible to be confident, but I suspect a conventional car, certainly of Falcon size, wouldn't have been at risk of rolling. I did something roughly similar in a sideways Gemini once and, although I feared it was going to roll as I approached the kerb, it remained upright.
Previous 4WD one was a simple turn around a suburban street corner by a mature woman driver and was inexplicably rolled, to her considerable embarassment and the amazement of onlookers.
Given their wheelbase and height, the small 4WD's don't look that stable to me. Am I right?