When it comes to reliability on and off the road, the right amount of torque and performance matters. Four-wheel drive vehicles empower drivers to handle any road terrains and weather conditions at hand, while all-wheel-drive vehicles are designed to optimize traction and send power where it's needed. There are many drivetrain terminologies that are used interchangeably, however, there are subtle differences between them that might influence your decision when you are looking to buy a new vehicle. Let the professionals at Tom Ahl Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram unravel those differences for you so you can stay primed throughout the buying process.

What Is 4x4? (4WD)

When taking on any kind of off-roading, the 4x4 system (4WD) is often sought after as the most capable drivetrain out there. A 4x4 system refers to the two-axle drivetrain in four-wheel-drive vehicles capable of providing torque to all of its wheels simultaneously. This is the default drivetrain mode for full-time 4WD systems, while part-time 4WD systems allow the driver to engage 4WD with the touch of a button (designed to work and play in extreme conditions). Both generally use either a clutch or a center differential to allow the front and rear driveshafts to turn at different speeds, making for effortless tackling of obstacles and slippery surfaces. Our selection of 4WD SUV models and all-terrain trucks even offer a wider variety of comfort and convenience options, so speak with our staff about test driving one of our four-wheel-drive vehicles today. 

What Is All-Wheel Drive? (AWD)

All-wheel-drive engineering has become increasingly sophisticated over the years. AWD is available on a variety of vehicles, from compact sedans and performance models to both large and small SUV and crossover models, giving you a wide range of choices. Intuitive AWD systems are designed to sense when traction has lessened and to send power where it is needed. While AWD is equipped to work well in a variety of conditions, from hail to snow to light off-roading, it's generally considered an inferior choice by serious off-roaders. Often times AWD vehicles arrive are at a higher cost, but a reduced fuel economy.

Discover Four-Wheel-Drive Vehicles At Tom Ahl CDJR

All-wheel drive and four-wheel-drive systems are similar in that they both deliver power to all four wheels at all times and can be used to travel safely and securely on all surfaces. Contact us today with any questions about our four-wheel-drive vehicles for sale or to schedule a test drive!



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