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What are the differences between the three?

Purchasing a new vehicle can be stressful as there are so many options to choose from, so we want to make it easy for you.

We’re sure that by now, you’ve come across numerous choices for each vehicle, including 2WD, 4WD, and AWD – but what are the differences between them all?

Let’s break it down for you:

2WD or 2-wheel-drive means that only two of the vehicle’s wheels receive any power and the other two are for stabilizing. Either the front two or back two can receive the power – it’s up to the manufacturer to decide what ones. Vehicles that are not meant for off-roading or towing usually come with FWD (Front-wheel-drive) and typically drive better in the snow with better fuel efficiency. Off-road, sports cars and pick-ups normally come in RWD (rear-wheel drive).

4WD or 4-wheel-drive of course means all four wheels get power and are seen mostly in off-roading vehicles and assist greatly with towing. These systems normally send power to the rear wheels on pavement but adjust accordingly to off-road terrains.

AWD stands for all-wheel-drive which is most often found in minivans, SUVs and select sedans. Power is mainly sent to the front two wheels but adjusts to the rear as needed depending on driving conditions. It usually requires little to no intervention from the driver as the system operates silently in the background on its own. AWD makes for a safer, stress-free drive as all you need to worry about is just cruising down the road and letting your vehicle do the work.

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