AWD vs. 4WD: What’s the Difference?

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If you’re exploring the lineup of AWD Buick, Chevrolet, GMC vehicles for sale near Virden, you are probably wondering if AWD is the same as 4WD. In short, no. What is the difference between AWD and 4WD, and which is better for your commute? Get all of the details about AWD and 4WD from the experts at Virden Mainline Motors. Don’t forget to explore the Buick, Chevrolet, GMC SUVs and crossovers for sale at our Virden dealership.

What is AWD?

The drivetrain configuration all-wheel drive (AWD) means the torque gets directed from the engine to the front and rear axles to all four wheels via differentials. There are multiple types of AWD systems like full- and part-time AWD. Like their names would suggest, full-time AWD systems send torque to the front and rear axles all the time, while part-time AWD systems monitor road conditions and your driving behaviour to decide when it should send torque just to the front axle. You will find these AWD systems on vehicles that have unibody frames.

What is 4WD?

4WD, four-wheel drive, is the traditional 4×4 drivetrain. The difference between AWD and 4WD is that 4WD can send power to the front and rear axles. They can also direct a certain amount of power between the right and left wheels. Typically, 4WD systems are designed for incredible off-roading power and are built into vehicles with truck-based platforms.

Which is Better: AWD or 4WD?

The answer depends on your needs and priorities. AWD vehicles are excellent at handling extra traction during the winter months or bad weather conditions. While 4WD vehicles are a better option for Birtle-area drivers who want a vehicle that can handle even the most rugged off-roading conditions with ease, or onsite truck utility for their job.

Explore AWD & 4WD SUVs at Near Oak Lake!

Explore our inventory of new Buick, Chevrolet, GMC for sale at Virden Mainline Motors, and our team will make sure you find the AWD or 4WD vehicle that’s best suited for you. Be sure to also check out our vehicle specials for additional savings and get pre-approved for financing right from home. Contact us online to schedule your test drive today!

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