Before You Decide On Your Next Vehicle, Know The Difference Between 4WD And AWD


Off-road capable vehicles are enjoying some of their highest popularity ever. With all of the trucks, SUV's, and crossover vehicles on the road today, there certainly are a ton of options to choose from when picking out your next one.

If you are considering purchasing a vehicle like this, it is important to know and understand the difference between the two drive trains that they use.

AWD is often found in cars (when equipped) and crossover vehicles. An all-wheel-drive vehicle is in all-wheel-drive mode all the time. It will constantly electronically monitor the traction at all four wheels and redirect power accordingly if slippage is detected. This system uses three differentials under the vehicle. There is one in the front, one in the center, and one in the rear.

A 4WD vehicle puts the control in the hands of the driver. Using two differentials and a transfer case to direct power, a true 4WD vehicle (typically a truck or SUV) can operate in 2WD mode, 4WD, or 4WD LOW. The driver decides if and when they need additional traction.

So if you are ready to start looking for your next off-road capable vehicle, come and see our sales team here at XIT Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and let us show you all of the options that are available.
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