There Are Some Differences Between AWD and 4WD to Understand Before You Make Your Next Purchase

With all of the trucks, SUV's, and crossover vehicles on the road today, there certainly isn't any shortage of options available to you if you are in the market for an off road capable vehicle. But not all off road capable vehicles operate the same way, and it is important to understand the differences between the two before you make your purchase.

An All-Wheel Drive (AWD) vehicle will electronically monitor the traction at all four wheels and if slippage is detected it will then redistribute power accordingly. Using three differentials (front, center, and rear) this setup is most common in cars, crossovers, and light SUV's.

A 4-Wheel Drive (4WD) vehicle is able to operate in 2WD or 4WD depending on what the driver decides. Normally 2WD is all that is needed on surface streets, and operating in this mode will improve fuel efficiency. If additional traction is needed, then the 4WD can be engaged with the transfer case to send power to all four wheels via the front and rear differentials. This system is most common in trucks and full size SUV's.

So, head on down to Bob-Boyd Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Lancaster and take your next AWD or 4WD vehicle for a test drive today.

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