If you’re not exactly an automotive expert, you may not understand the differences when it comes to the four major types of drivetrains. Fear not, because the professionals at Dan Hemm Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM FIAT in Sidney, OH are here to give a quick explanation that can help you choose the drivetrain for your next new car.
Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
Front-wheel drive is the most common drivetrain option, which utilizes only the two front wheels for power. You can find it in most small vehicles that get the best fuel efficiency like sedans and coupes. Additionally, some crossover SUVs and hatchback models are front wheel drive vehicles, which makes for their super smooth handling.
Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)
Pretty much the opposite of front wheel drive, RWD employs only the back two wheels for power. This drivetrain type is common in SUVs, especially those that have the option of shifting into part time four wheel drive.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
All-wheel drive uses a front, rear, and center differential to distribute power throughout the different wheels in alternating patterns. Many AWD vehicles include an electronic sensor that determines how much power is needed where. Some hatchbacks, sedans, and small to moderate sized SUVs, like the 2017 Dodge Durango, utilize all-wheel drive.
Four-Wheel Drive (4×4 or 4WD)
Similar to all-wheel drive, four-wheel drive uses all of the wheels for power, but with more traction at slower speeds, making it ideal for slippery conditions or off-road adventures. This drivetrain is common in SUVs and trucks like the 2017 RAM 1500.
If you have more questions about drivetrain, engine, transmission, or other mechanical options in your next new car, come on over to our Sidney, OH car dealership today. We look forward to serving you at Dan Hemm Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT soon!