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What's The Difference Between 4WD And AWD?
All-Wheel Drive
All-wheel drive (AWD) is intended mainly for general driving, in other words, for use on asphalt, although it will work on other surfaces, too. An AWD car has the ability to send power to all four wheels at once and all the time, and the wheels can go at different speeds during turns.
Four-Wheel Drive
These types of cars like rugged Jeeps really shine in off-road situations such as climbing hills and on slippery surfaces. With this option, the driver must manually enter four-wheel drive (4WD) mode to use it; this is usually done by turning a knob to enable the mode.
The biggest drawback is that both 4WD and AWD will cost consumers more at the pump. Also, many people feel they have to give up something: If they own an AWD car, they can’t use it for off-roading, but if they have a 4WD, they are only getting the capabilities some of the time.
In Snow & Ice
AWD cars are best to combat general snowy or icy weather, as their system is automatic, applying as much traction or torque as needed. However, if drivers live in a place that experiences particularly harsh weather where the snow piles up, they may want to consider 4WD.
Which Is Better?
For most people, unless they plan to hit the trails, AWD will be the better option, since it has a less complex mechanical setup and lower maintenance repair costs. It’s also user-friendly because the system is always on and requires no extra attention to detail on the part of the driver.