Chevrolet All Wheel Drive Vs. Four Wheel Drive


What's the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

There is a long list of features that often come standard in different types of makes and models. As you shop around, you may find that you can choose between AWD and 4WD, depending on how much performance you want from the model. Many drivers make the mistake of assuming both options are the same, but there are many differences that set them apart. There are a few factors to review to ensure you can make the right selection as you purchase a new vehicle.

What is All-Wheel Drive?

All-wheel drive is designed to deliver power to the rear and front wheels of the car. You'll also find there's a full-time AWD option, which allows each wheel to move continuously. If you have a part-time system, it uses a two-wheel drive mode most of the time and still switches to its all-wheel drive when it's needed on different types of surfaces.

The AWD feature functions without the driver needing to do anything to engage the system, though a few models are on the market that provide more options for control. All of the wheels will receive torque by way of a set of differentials, couplings, and clutches.

What is Four-Wheel Drive?

Four-wheel drive is a feature that you'll typically find in larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks. It uses a set of differentials in the front, center, and rear along with transfer cases and couplings as a way of transferring power to all four of the wheels.

When you have a four-wheel drive, the torque is sent to each of the four wheels when it's needed, whether it's part-time or full-time, similar to all-wheel drive. As the driver, you can also select between low and high ranges while operating the vehicle, which is designed to operate through a lever or switch on the car. This makes it easier to have more traction while using the lowest setting and can help the car remain planted on the ground while driving on gravel, snow, and sand.

If you want more information on the main differences between AWD and 4WD, don't hesitate to visit our dealership for additional details. We also invite you to contact our location during our business hours to speak to one of our team members and obtain valuable information that can make it easier to make your decision when you're buying a new car.


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