Discover The Difference Between AWD And 4WD

2020 Chevy Traverse

When shopping for a vehicle, it is important to understand what your options are. Many shoppers have questions when it comes to distinguishing between automotive terms like front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive. Let’s take a look at the distinct difference between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive so you can confidently choose the right capability for your next vehicle.

Why Vehicles Have This Option

Traction is the main reason why vehicles offer four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive systems. The systems help increase traction, or grip on the road, when your vehicle accelerates. For example, the all-wheel drive on a sports car would help the car accelerate quicker by sending power to all four wheels. This also reduces the strain on wheels as well as mitigating wheel spin. An off-road vehicle, like a truck, will have four-wheel drive to make sure that if one tire loses traction, or if a wheel is not on the ground, the other wheels can help pull the truck out of trouble. While the terms can sometimes be confusing, all-wheel drive is meant for cars and crossover SUVs, while four-wheel drive is for trucks and off-road vehicles. An easy way to remember the distinction is this: A truck or off-roader navigating tough terrain might not always have all four wheels on the ground at all times, so they need four-wheel drive to ensure they always have the ability to power through. And a sedan needs all the power it can get in all wheels for sure and swift acceleration, so all-wheel drive is the right system here.

Bottom Line

All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems are great options, but you don’t have to feel pressured to upgrade your vehicle to get them, if they don’t come already equipped. Unless you plan to travel off the beaten path, or you live in a city where you’ll frequently be traveling snowy, muddy, or rocky roads, many drivers can do without four-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on many vehicles. This system is more affordable, and will work better with your gas budget.

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Learn More at Doug Henry Chevrolet Buick GMC

Are you interested in learning more about all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles? Our automotive experts at Doug Henry Chevrolet Buick GMC are here to help. We have great options with both systems and would love to show you how they drive. Take a look at our online inventory to find your vehicle. Give us a call or send us a message when you’re ready to take your perfect match for a drive!