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The Difference Between FWD, RWD, AWD, & 4WD Drivetrain

The Difference Between FWD, RWD, AWD, & 4WD Drivetrain

The Difference Between FWD, RWD, AWD, & 4WD Drivetrain

If you are considering purchasing a used vehicle from a car dealership in Toronto, it's important to consider which style of drivetrain is right for you. Our team at Nexcar Auto Sales & Leasing has outlined here the differences between rear-wheel drive (RWD), front-wheel drive (FWD), 4 wheel drive (4WD), and all-wheel-drive (AWD). Therefore if you are curious about reading the pros and cons of each style so that you can choose a used car that is best suited to you.

FWD - Front Wheel Drive

As you might have assumed, front-wheel drive indicates the power of the car is given to the wheels located at the front rather than the back wheels. This means that these wheels are actually pulling the rest of the weight of your vehicle while the back wheels don't undergo any power. This style will get better gas mileage, emit smaller carbon dioxide, and provide better adhesion in the rain and snow but some say that these vehicles are not as enjoyable to drive.

RWD - Rear Wheel Drive

Opposite to FWD, RWD indicates that power is being distributed to the back set of wheels to boost the car ahead. The front wheels in this case do not collect any of the power. This style gives more of a balance in weight and they are noted as being more fun to drive. RWD driving vehicles include some models of the Camaro and the Corvette. However, they don't perform strongly in conditions of poor weather.

AWD - All Wheel Drive

This style provides power to the rear, front, and center of the vehicle. Full-time AWD means that both the front and rear wheels are delivered power whereas part-time AWDE or automatic AWD means that the vehicle operates as a two wheel drive mode where power is delivered to each wheel only when traction control is required.

4WD - Four Wheel Drive

Four-wheel drive means that the power is separated evenly to each of the 4 wheels at once. This option usually has the ability to operate as RWD if desired. This style can confidently drive in any weather condition and it is extremely versatile. The cons of this vehicle are that they are usually put in 4WD and it has usually less traction than AWD.

How We Can Help

If you are not sure which style of drivetrain you should get, our team at Nexcar Auto Sales & Leasing would be happy to assist you in deciding. Our team can give you additional information about each style and our team would be happy to let you test drive any style you wish. With a huge inventory of used cars, our team always has a variety of drivetrain styles on hand.

If you would like to receive more information regarding how you can pair an auto loan with the vehicle of your desired drive train, our team would be delighted to help. You can contact our team at 1 (877) 245-9997 today.

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