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AWD vs. 4WD - What is the difference and Which is best for me?

 

Even though there are some fairly significant differences between all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD), these terms are used interchangeably by car shoppers and sales people alike. You will often find that these terms are thrown around in advertising and promotions without much specificity at all, which leaves some drivers to assume that they are basically the same thing. This has contributed to significant confusion among drivers about these two options as well as the best choice for their next vehicle. As explained below, both AWD and 4WD provide for better grip of the road in unsafe driving conditions, but there are some significant differences between them. 
  What is Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)? In general, 4WD vehicles are designed specifically for vehicles that are intended to be used off-road. If you are frequently driving in areas where traction is a major concern, such as on roads with loose rocks or steep hills, then 4WD will certainly come in handy for you. 4WD can also be very helpful in deep snow. While 4WD can be great for dangerous road surfaces, it is not ideal to stay engaged in 4WD on normal pavement. The way that 4WD works is that the front and rear axles of the vehicle are locked together, which means that they are getting an even amount of torque between them. The problem with 4WD is that you are unable to distribute the torque across different sides of the vehicle without a locking differential. Many vehicles come with lockers on the front and back wheels to make sure that you are actually driving on all four wheels at the same time in 4WD. You can turn 4WD on and off in most vehicles to adjust to the road conditions, which is important because you should not be engaged in 4WD if it is not absolutely necessary for difficult driving conditions. If you are looking for a 4WD vehicle that will get you through the toughest road conditions, consider a Toyota 4Runner. This SUV has a 4-liter, V-6 engine with enough power to get you wherever you need to go. It comes highly rated for safety and performance, which makes it a top choice for drivers of all ages and lifestyles. Another great 4WD option is the Toyota Tacoma, which comes with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. This spacious and reliable truck gets rave reviews from drivers for its overall control and utility. You will feel prepared for all sorts of outdoor adventures in any weather that Mother Nature throws your way. You also won't have to sacrifice comfort for versatility with the Tacoma. 
  What is All-Wheel Drive (AWD)? On the other hand, AWD means that each corner of the vehicle is fed power, which allows for maximum traction during acceleration. If you find yourself driving through mud or sand, AWD is likely sufficient to get you through tricky road conditions. The way that AWD engages is that whichever axle of the vehicle appears to be slipping the most is fed the greatest amount of power. This means that the power is sent away from the wheel that is spinning the hardest and to the one that needs it most to be able to get unstuck. This allows for flexibility in the way that the torque is distributed and makes AWD preferable in being able to respond to a variety of different road conditions. You are generally more likely to find AWD in crossover and SUV vehicles than trucks. It is also typically found in minivans. Unless you have a strong desire to frequently drive in off-road mode, AWD will generally get the job done for most drivers worried about occasionally driving in poor weather. For example, the Toyota Sienna is an excellent minivan equipped with AWD. It comes with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that has plenty of power for all of your adventures on the road. You will be able to traverse all types of weather conditions in this minivan without a problem. The Toyota Highlander is another affordable and dependable option for an AWD vehicle. The Toyota Highlander has a 3-liter, V-6 engine and is widely recognized as a great option for adverse driving conditions as well as providing a smooth and enjoyable ride. If you have a family to cart around, then the Highlander offers plenty of space for passengers and all of their cargo. 
Finding Your Next Car or Truck at Young Auto Mall Visit Young Auto Mall in Logan, Utah, to find your perfect vehicle for driving in all kinds of road conditions. We have a strong reputation for going the extra mile to make sure that our customers leave with a vehicle that is just what they are looking for. We have an incredible selection of both new and pre-owned vehicles, which means there is a fantastic car or truck at Young Auto Mall to fit any budget. Our helpful team of sales people are available to answer all of your questions about finding your dream car or truck that will get you anywhere you need to go. Stop by our wonderful showroom in Logan, Utah, to find out why so many Utah drivers choose Young Auto Mall for their car buying experience.

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