What’s the Difference between 4WD and AWD?


Whether you’re shopping for new Toyota cars, used Lexus cars, or something else, you’ll probably hear a lot of different automotive terms as you search for the perfect vehicle. If you want to get an SUV or truck, the odds are good that you’ll hear people use the terms “four-wheel drive” and “all-wheel drive” interchangeably.

While it may be tempting to treat those terms as synonyms, they refer to two different systems. Four- and all-wheel drive systems can both provide a better grip on the roadway, which can give you peace of mind when the weather’s bad. While all-wheel drive can be found on vehicles like sedans as well as SUVs and pickups, four-wheel drive is typically reserved for trucks and SUVs. That’s because 4WD systems are much heavier than their all-wheel drive brethren.

While an all-wheel drive system can normally handle some light off-roading, it’s not the best choice if you enjoy tackling serious terrain. In general, four-wheel drive systems are better suited for handling extreme off-road conditions.

An all-wheel drive system is engaged all the time. A conventional four-wheel drive system will have to be engaged by a driver, meaning you have to choose to use it. A four-wheel drive system will send power to all four wheels in equal measure, which is great for off-roading but not so much for daily driving. When you visit one of the dealerships in our Allentown, PA automotive group, we’ll explain that an all-wheel drive system will send more power to the wheels that need it.

Now that you know the difference between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, put your knowledge to work as you look through our new Toyota cars and the models we sell that were produced by other automakers. Find a new 4WD or AWD vehicle by shopping with MotorWorld | MileOne Autogroup today.

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