Deciding Between All-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive

Some people get all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive a little mixed up by definition because the two terms sound like they are describing the same thing. There are some significant differences, however.

Four-wheel-drive uses a split differential and a lower gear ration to give traction to all four wheels for the purpose of giving more traction to the vehicle. Pickup trucks and larger off-road SUVs are the vehicles that most use four-wheel-drive. It is used primarily for off-road and more rugged terrain driving.

All-wheel-drive is specifically designed for driving on paved roadways. It distributes power to each wheel with additional available power depending on the road conditions per wheel. It is found in high-performance vehicles, crossovers, and sedans. It provides an even, powerful ride with which drivers can count on smooth driving with a good safety record. All-wheel-drive vehicles do very well in inclement weather conditions such as snow, ice, and heavy rainstorms.

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