Why Four-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive?


One of the most important questions a potential car owner needs to consider is whether or not they want to have a car with All Wheel Drive (AWD) or 4 Wheel Drive (4WD). It is a common misconception that they are the same, but—while they share many similar characteristics—there are a few important differences between them.

For example, 4WD usually involves the four wheels having torque supplied to them at all times with exceptions for part-time involvement and other 2 Wheel Drive options in select terrain. There are also options for the front and rear axles to be split, allowing certain wheels to operate at different speeds in different circumstances.

AWD differs from this by offering the same benefits of 4WD but frequently without the option to operate in 2 Wheel Drive. They do provide extra traction, though, which can be useful for more unpredictable, slippery roads where the ground is hard to navigate.

Still have questions or want to learn more about whether 4 Wheel Drive or All Wheel Drive is right for you? Visit Tyler Ford for more information and assistance with picking your next car!
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