What are the differences between All-Wheel Drive and other systems?
If you’ve been on a search for your newest vehicle, you have likely seen the different drivetrains available. If you have particularly been looking for a truck or an SUV, like the Hyundai Palisade, you may be seeing all-wheel drive quite frequently, and often presented as something beneficial for certain rides. So, what are the differences between all-wheel drive and other systems? Read ahead for a breakdown.
AWD vs 4WD vs FWD vs RWD
You’ll be finding one of four different drivetrains in your search for your new or used automobile. One of the most common is front-wheel drive (FWD). You will find this in most sedans and crossover SUVs as the standard drivetrain. This means that the front wheels are powered and are the ones doing the turning. On the opposite spectrum, you will find rear-wheel drive (RWD). This is not as common these days, but you can still find it on some SUVs or sporty vehicles. Like the name implies, this is when the rear wheels have the power, while the front wheels still do the steering.
Then it gets a little trickier to discern differences, because now we are left with all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), which initially sound like the same thing—all four wheels doing the driving. There are, however, subtle differences. AWD gives power to each of the wheels, and it usually does so depending on the situation. Typically, it will provide power to one set of wheels, but when a slip is detected in one area, the system can send more power to that corner to help it out. Now, with 4WD systems, those are generally better suited for the toughest of tough landscapes, working in ways that are similar to AWD systems but in more robust fashion.
Whichever drivetrain you want on your next vehicle ultimately depends on how you intend to use it. If you have questions on any of the vehicles and drivetrains in our inventory, feel free to contact us today!