AWD vs. 4WD: What’s the Difference?

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With the full lineup of AWD Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicles, like the Jeep Grand Cherokee for sale near Pinebluff at Southern Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, you may find yourself wondering if AWD is the same as 4WD. No, AWD and 4WD are different. So, what is the difference between AWD and 4WD? Which is the better option for you and your lifestyle in Fordyce? Find out with this helpful guide, and then check out all the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram SUVs for sale at our dealership in Fordyce!



What is 4WD & What Does it Do?

4WD, or “four-wheel drive,” is a traditional 4×4 drivetrain. While both AWD and 4WD systems are able to send power to the front and rear axles, they’re also able to direct a specific amount of power between the left and right wheels. In general, 4WD systems are designed for maximum off-road prowess and are usually built into vehicles with truck-based platforms.

What is AWD & What Does it Do?

AWD, or “all-wheel drive,” is a drivetrain configuration in which torque is directed from the engine to the front and rear axles to all four wheels via differentials. There are a couple of different kinds of AWD systems, including full-time AWD and part-time AWD. As their names suggest, full-time AWD systems send torque to the front and rear axles all the time, while part-time AWD systems are able to monitor road conditions and driving behavior in order to decide when it makes sense to send torque only to the front axle. It is most common to see AWD systems on vehicles with unibody frames, like the All-New RAM 1500

Which is Better: AWD or 4WD?

Is AWD better than 4WD for your needs? It really depends on your priorities. Generally speaking, most suburban drivers looking for extra traction in inclement weather and bad weather conditions will appreciate AWD vehicles. Meanwhile, 4WD vehicles prove a better choice for those seeking the most rugged off-road conditions or onsite truck utility for a job.

Shop AWD & 4WD SUVs at Southern Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

Among our inventory of new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicles for sale, Camden drivers will find plenty of AWD SUVs, but we also have quite a few 4WD SUVs for sale in our pre-owned inventory. Why not stop in and test drive one of each to see which feels best to you? Contact us online to schedule your test drive today!

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