AWD vs. 4WD: What’s the Difference?

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If you’ve been looking for a new AWD Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle around the Huber Heights at New Carlisle Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, you may ask the common question, what is the difference between AWD and 4WD? A few key differences exist between the two drivetrains, which may leave you wondering, is AWD better than 4WD? Learn more about AWD 4WD vehicles with the experts at New Carlisle Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in New Carlisle. Feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions!

What is AWD?

All-wheel drive is a drivetrain system where each wheel is powered independently, made possible by various differentials placed throughout the drivetrain. There are two types of AWD systems, part-time AWD and full-time AWD. Part-time AWD only directs power to all four wheels when conditions warrant it. If you’re driving in clear conditions and AWD isn’t needed, power will be directed only to the front wheels. Full-time AWD is always active, regardless of road conditions. AWD configurations are often seen on modern unibody frames, similar to the popular Dodge Charger GT.

What is 4WD?

Four-wheel drive is the standard 4×4 drivetrain, which differs significantly from its AWD counterpart. In a 4WD drivetrain, the engine can send power to both the front and rear axles and allocate specific amounts of power between the left or right wheels. This is designed for off-road and rugged terrain driving and is included in both trucks and rugged SUVs.

Is AWD Better than 4WD?

So, is AWD better than 4WD? The short answer is that it really depends on how you plan on using the vehicle. If you just want some extra traction around the Springfield roads, AWD is the best choice. However, if you like to take adventures off the beaten path, 4WD will be your friend. Work trucks are often 4WD as well, as they need the power to haul loads and drive off-road to the job site.

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Now that you know that AWD is the same as 4WD see our selection of AWD and 4WD vehicles for yourself near Dayton! If you want to experience the thrill of these vehicles prior to purchasing, schedule a test drive! Come check out our new vehicle inventory, and visit our finance department to start the buying process.

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