Where the Rubber Meets the Road: FWD, AWD, 4WD & RWD

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Where the Rubber Meets the Road: FWD, AWD, 4WD & RWD

When talking about how your car is laid out, there are four general options: Front-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, Four-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive. You may have heard of all four or maybe only a couple of them. But unless you’re a car expert you may not know what the difference is among the four styles.

Here we talk about the basic differences:

Front-Wheel Drive-The engine drives the front wheels.

All-Wheel Drive- Power is sent equally to all four wheels.

Four-Wheel Drive-The engine sends power out as torque to all four wheels..

AWD vs. 4WD

At this point you might be wondering what the difference is between All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive. They seem quite similar. But there is one important difference between the two! According to The Car Guy.com says:

While most four-wheel drive systems allow shifting from two- to four-wheel drive (disengaging the front-wheel drive system), an all-wheel drive system incorporates engineering that actually directs power to the wheel, or wheels, that have the most traction.”

What works best for you largely depends on your needs as well as the climate in which you’ll be driving.

Front-Wheel Drive vehicles have often been touted as providing better traction in the snow because all of the weight of the power system hardware is directly over the driven wheels.

On the other hand, Rear-Wheel Drive vehicles will help you brake better and keep your car solidly on the road thanks to better weight balance inside the vehicle.

It’s important to do some research before purchasing your next vehicle so you can be sure you get the vehicle that best suits your needs.

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