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AWD VS 4 Wheel drive

icon/user/avatar/20 Created with Sketch. By Viktor Kalutsky

Shoppers everyday have issues at selecting the right vehicle for them not only are there hundreds of options to choose from, but there are hundreds of options to choose from. Four-wheel drive (4WD) or All Wheel Drive (AWD) will be one of the options you can choose from on some vehicles even though it might be an extra cost. Is it worth the money? The answer for that is All wheel Drive and Four-wheel Drive help vehicles perform and accelerate in slippery conditions, also improving the handling of the vehicle on dangerous road conditions. I would think twice before crossing off these features of your purchase list!


- All-wheel drive (AWD): “ A drivetrain that employs a front, rear and center differential to provide power to all four wheels of your vehicle” which means you constantly have four tires rotating.


- Four-wheel drive (4WD): “ A drivetrain that employs two differential and a transfer case to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle” which means you can switch between having four tires rotate at the same time or just having two.

All-wheel drive systems are found on vehicles like Subarus and Honda CR-V’s. Four-wheel drive (4WD) is mostly found in bigger SUV and trucks such as dodges, Toyota’s, Chevy silverados.

The best time you should consider owning a all wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle is when you live in a place where there is a lot of mud, gravel roads, rainy weather, snowy conditions, ice on roads, the reason why you should get an AWD/4WD if you have these road conditions is because it improves the handling of the vehicle and might keep you safe in some situations avoiding fatal crashes. 


Pros of owning an AWD/4WD


- Better Accelerations as well as better tractions

- Better towing capability

- Improves handling of the vehicle

- Increases resale value of the vehicle incredibly. 

Cons of owning an AWD/4WD


- Can bring up the cost of the vehicle up to $3,500

- Lower fuel economy because of higher weight

- Higher maintenance cost if something ends up going wrong with the vehicle

- Does not help you stop quicker only helps with improving traction


Now you know the difference between an AWD/4WD and some pro and cons about owning them no matter which on you choose we have all the options you might consider


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