Take into Account the Differences between All-Wheel-Drive and 4-Wheel Drive

Many people still have the belief that all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive simply mean the same thing, that is that the drivetrain of a car sends power to all four wheels. While that is initially true, there are differences in the vehicles that the term applies to and the usage of those vehicles.

4-wheel-drive has been around longer, so most people are familiar with it. This method uses a lower gear ratio and a split differential to get the job done. It is used in off-road and vehicles designed to be used on rough terrains, like pickup trucks and larger, off-road SUVs.

All-wheel-drive powertrains are found in crossover vehicles, sedans, and high-performance vehicles. The all-wheel-drive system sends equal amounts of power to all of the wheels with additional exceptions to needs due to road conditions. All-wheel-drive systems work very well in a heavy rainstorm, ice and snow conditions. The system is primarily used on paved roads.

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