What Is the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

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The team at DeNooyer Ford get’s lots of questions about AWD and 4WD. What is the difference between AWD and 4WD? Is AWD better than 4WD? We can help and are always available to answer your questions. Ford has many new AWD and FWD models, and here we explain the difference between AWD and 4WD so you can make a wise purchasing decision for your Vicksburg needs. Of course, the best way to decide which is better: AWD or 4WD, is to take a test drive and experience the difference!



What is AWD?

All-wheel drive (AWD) is an increasingly popular drivetrain that sends torque from the engine to the front and rear axles and all four wheels. There are full-time AWD systems and part-time AWD systems. Full-time AWD systems direct torque to the front and rear axles full-time, while part-time AWD systems determine when to send torque only to the front axle based on current Portage driving conditions.

What is 4WD?

Four-wheel drive (4WD) is a standard 4×4 drivetrain. The main difference between AWD and 4WD is that although 4WD systems send power to the front and rear axles, they can also send a specific amount of power to the left and right wheels. 4WD is designed for maximum off-road capability, while AWD is designed for enhanced control on slippery Schoolcraft streets.

Is AWD Better Than 4WD?

So, is AWD better than 4WD for your Three Rivers driving needs? When considering AWD vs. 4WD, remember that, generally, AWD vehicles are best for most suburban drivers desiring enhanced traction during inclement weather conditions. 4WD is better for those wanting the most rugged off-road driving performance.

Browse Ford AWD and 4WD Vehicles at DeNooyer Ford!

Now that you understand the answer to the question, “Is AWD the same as 4WD?” if you’re still having trouble deciding between AWD or 4WD, contact us at DeNooyer Ford. We have an impressive selection of AWD and 4WD models, and we will take you for a test drive in both so you can experience the difference between AWD and 4WD for yourself. Please review our new vehicle specials and apply for financing online before your visit. Don’t wait! Inventory is going fast!


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