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What's the Difference Between 4WD vs AWD vs FWD vs 2WD? - Kunes Auto and RV Group

Published on Mar 18, 2023 by Editorial Team

Feb 20, 2023

When you’re shopping for a new car, there are a lot of decisions to make. The engine’s power delivery method is one of the most important choices you’ll have to make. There are four different types of drivetrains to choose from: Front-Wheel Drive (FWD), Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD), All-Wheel Drive (AWD), and Four-Wheel Drive (4WD).

Front-wheel drive (FWD) is most commonly found in smaller cars like sedans, coupes, and SUVs. Since the engine sends power to the front wheels, it helps save space in smaller cars. These vehicles also use less gas because the engine is up front, relieving weight from the back. But, there is a downside too. FWD cars can be harder to control on slippery roads and less responsive because the front wheels have to steer and power the car at the same time.

Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD) systems are most commonly found in sports cars and performance vehicles. The engine sends power to the back wheels, which provides a better experience with handling and the drive overall. Even though these vehicles look cooler, they can be harder to drive in wet conditions. They can also be more expensive to make and maintain.

The All-Wheel Drive (AWD) engine sends power to all four wheels, making the car better to drive in all road conditions, even when it’s wet or slippery. This drivetrain handles better than FWD vehicles because it has better traction and stability. A few drawbacks to AWD vehicles is that they can be more expensive to buy and maintain. The system usually switches between 2WD and 4WD automatically, based on road conditions, causing them to use more gas than other drivetrains.

Four-wheel drive (4WD) is good for tough driving conditions like off-roading, snow, mud, or going up steep hills. There are two types of 4WD, full-time and part-time. Full-time sends power to all four wheels all the time, while part-time only sends power when needed. 4WD gives you better traction and stability, but it’s also more expensive, uses more gas, and requires more maintenance.

Choosing a new car is a big decision with many things to consider. The way the engine sends power to the wheels is a crucial choice you’ll have to consider. It’s important to test drive different types before you make a final decision. And make sure to think about both the pros and cons before you buy. By test driving the different drivetrains, you can find the perfect fit for you and your driving needs.

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