Ford All Wheel Drive Vs. Four Wheel Drive


AWD vs 4WD - What's the Difference?

There's no shortage of features that are now available in different types of cars today. Each car has a variety of different features you can choose from, which can include 4WD and AWD. It can be easy to confuse the two options and think they're the same thing, but there are many differences that set them apart that you should be aware of as a driver. If you're ready to make the right selection for your next vehicle, there are several facts to review in advance.

What is All-Wheel Drive?

When you have an all-wheel drive on your vehicle, it requires the powertrain to deliver power to each set of wheels in the front and back of your vehicle. The wheels will continue to move at all times when you choose the full-time option that is available. A two-wheel drive mode is in use with the part-time system. This will still switch over to all-wheel drive when it's needed.

You don't have to worry about doing anything when you use the all-wheel drive feature because it operates without requiring you to engage the system. Fortunately, there are still a few vehicles that give you the option to have control. Each wheel on the vehicle gets enough torque from the set of clutches, couplings, and differentials.

What is Four-Wheel Drive?

When you purchase a larger truck or SUV, you'll likely have access to four-wheel drive. This mode uses differentials in the rear, center, and front with different couplings and transfer cases. The power is immediately delivered to every wheel on the car.

With the 4WD design, the wheels get enough torque when it's needed. This can be used part-time or full-time. Low and high ranges are available, depending on where you're driving. You can set it up with the lever or electronic switch that is present. If you need more traction, you can use the low setting. The high setting works well when you plan to drive gravel, sand, and snow while spending time in different environments.

We invite you to reach out to us today to learn more about the main differences between AWD and 4WD when you're making your selection as you're in the process of buying a new car. We can help you make an informed decision and will answer your questions when you visit our dealership to ensure you remain safe and have a better operation of your vehicle on different types of roads.


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