The Difference Between All Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel Drive

Most of us grew up hearing the term 4-wheel drive, or 4WD for short, and have grown to associate it with large trucks and off-road vehicles. Over the last 20 years a new term “All-wheel drive”, or AWD, has been popping up more and more. What is the difference?

All-wheel drive basically means all 4 wheels are being driven at all times. There may be a difference in the distribution of power between front and rear, but all the wheels are still being driven. AWD is normally available on passenger cars and crossovers, for a little extra grip whether it be due to snow or for performance.

4WD is normally on large trucks and is selectable to either drive all 4 wheels or drive in 2 for the economy. 4WD is mainly used for off-roading and is offered on Trucks and Sports Utilities.

To find out which is right for you, visit Tim Short Mazda in Chattanooga, TN. Our sales team is here to help.

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