Understanding The DifferenceThere are so many options when it comes to buying a vehicle. The best way to narrow down your options is to first decide what your needs are. Do you need space for your growing family? Do you need a fuel-efficient vehicle? Are you needing something to haul heavy loads? Or is it time to buy the car of your dreams. Now it is time to understand drivetrains. You may not realize the importance of this but at the end of the day, it is a huge factor in how your vehicle will operate in different types of weather. Here is a quick guide to understanding the difference in drivetrains.
Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Front wheel drive means the power of the engine is delivered to the front wheels of the vehicle. Many vehicles are FWD and make great vehicles that can handle most driving situations. FWD vehicles handle most slippery surfaces well. FWD vehicles tend to have better fuel economy and which makes this a great option for those traveling long distances.
Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)
Rear wheel drive means the power of the engine is delivered to the rear wheels of the vehicle. This enables the vehicle to be pushed forward and allows the weight of the vehicle to be more even than a FWD vehicle. Most sports cars have RWD and some say this is why these cars are more fun to drive. Rear wheel drive vehicles don't tend to handle bad weather well. If you need a vehicle capable of handling snow or rough roads, this may not be the best option. However, if you are shopping for that dream car, this is going to be the ride for you.
Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)
Four-wheel drive vehicle means the power of the engine is delivered to all four wheels. Most 4WD vehicles operate in RWD and you can switch over to 4WD when needed. 4WD allows your vehicle to handle tough driving situations. Most work vehicles come with this drivetrain due to the loads carried and roads driven. If you need a vehicle for work, towing or plan to drive in rougher road conditions, this vehicle option may be the choice for you.
All-wheel drive means the drivetrain provides power to the front, rear, and center to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle. AWD vehicles can operate all the time in AWD or automatic AWD. All the time AWD vehicles will be in that mode all the time. Automatic AWD vehicles will operate in two-wheel drive and the vehicle will switch over to AWD as needed. The vehicle will detect the traction needed and will adjust where the power is needed. This is a versatile option to have for a vehicle and tends to be more fuel efficient than 4WD.
Best Dealership In Mid-Missouri
For a pleasant, no-pressure car shopping experience, visit Spieler’s Incorporated. Now that you know the difference in drivetrains, consider buying a car in Mid-MO. For an enjoyable experience at a car dealer, visit Spieler’s Inc. in California, MO. We have no hidden fees— the price you agree on, is the price you pay! If there is a specific vehicle you are interested in, call us at 573-796-3129 to schedule a test drive.
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