What is the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

2020 Chevrolet Trax


There’s no shortage of new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicles equipped with AWD capabilities at Midway Auto Dealerships. However, if you’re a less experienced Grand Island car shopper, you may be wondering what the difference between AWD and 4WD is. Find out if AWD is better than 4WD with the experts at our Kearney dealership below!



What is AWD?

So, is AWD the same as 4WD? Not exactly. All-wheel drive, or AWD for short, is a drivetrain configuration where torque is sent from the engine to the front and rear axles via differentials. There are different AWD systems available, including part-time AWD and full-time AWD.

Part-time AWD systems monitor driving behavior and road conditions to determine when to send torque to all wheels. In contrast, full-time AWD systems direct torque to the front and rear axles continuously. You’ll most likely find AWD systems on unibody frame vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Traverse.

What is 4WD?

Four-wheel drive, or 4WD for short, is a more conventional 4×4 drivetrain. If you’re debating between AWD or 4WD systems, you should keep in mind that 4WD directs power to the front and rear axles and also directs a specific amount of power between the left and right wheels. When it comes to AWD vs. 4WD, the latter is better suited for off-roading vehicles and trucks.

Which is Better: AWD or 4WD?

So, is AWD better than 4WD? Or are 4WD systems better than AWD for your Hastings travels? As always, it comes down to your specific needs and driving habits. 4WD vehicles are the superior option for Holdrege drivers who go off-roading frequently or need a strong vehicle on your work site. However, AWD vehicles are better suited for suburban drivers looking for extra traction during inclement weather conditions.

Find Dependable AWD or 4WD Vehicles at Midway Auto Dealerships!

Whether you’re browsing our latest cars or taking a peek into our pre-owned Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicles inventory, you’re bound to find a variety of high-quality AWD and 4WD vehicles for sale. Ready to take your preferred make and model out for a test drive? Then reach out to us online at Midway Auto Dealerships today!


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