Even VW recognizes this problem. Which is why they’re going to base their truck off the next-gen Ranger...I think Farther's point was that most 4wd vehicles aren't 4wd, either. The vast majority are 2wd, maybe 3wd in some situations if they have a good limited-slip diff, definitely 3wd if they have a locker, and 4wd IF they have TWO lockers. Relatively very few trucks come from the factory with two lockers, and they are high-priced packages.
So, what exactly is 4WD? What exactly is AWD? They can both be many things, and even cross the line in many areas.
Here is a detailed writeup:
All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive may seem like simple concepts, but in reality, there are dozens of widely different systems out there, and a lot of confusion in marketing material and in “common knowledge.” The dead of winter seems like the perfect time for me to publish this ridiculously...jalopnik.com
The AWD system found in the Ridgeline is one of the best available, unless you're using it to pull stumps.