All-Wheel-Drive vs. Four-Wheel-Drive

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One of the questions we get most often is: should I choose All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)? This is a great question! Although the answer is specific to your needs and budget, there are a few generalities we can point out about 4WD and AWD strengths and weaknesses. Understanding these might help you on your car purchasing journey.

First, let’s quickly cover what each of these drivetrains are. An AWD vehicle is one that can send some percentage of engine power to the non-primarily powered wheels when needed. Essentially, what happens is when a set of wheels (either front or rear) starts slipping, your vehicle automatically tries to find better grip (also known as traction) with the other set of wheels. Pretty sweet, huh? 4WD means some portion of the engine’s power is spread across each of the wheels, all of the time. More power across more wheels means better traction between your vehicle and the road.

So, which should you choose? Stereotypically, people who want more control, power, and traction will opt for a model with 4WD. 4WD comes in handy in geographic areas where there tends to be worse weather conditions, like snow and ice during winter months or lots of rain during the spring and summer. It’s also seen as a necessity when pulling cargo behind you, whether that’s a trailer, boat, or something else. Even though 4WD is used interchangeably with AWD at times, AWD simply doesn’t have as much control, power, and traction as 4WD. So, if you’re looking for more of those things than the average car, but less than 4WD, then AWD is a solid middle ground. Our 2016 Toyota RAV4 is a great AWD pick.

If you already have a vehicle and aren’t sure whether its 4WD or AWD, bring it by our Toyota service center. We would be happy to sit and talk with you to answer all of your questions. Our Toyota dealership near San Diego, CA is here to serve, so come and see us today!