When Picking Out Your Next Off-Road Capable Vehicle, Know the Difference Between AWD & 4WD


If you are considering purchasing a vehicle with a little off-road capability, then you have some choices ahead of you. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive are both great options, but they do have their differences. And before making a purchase, it is important to understand these differences.

All-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials (front, center, and rear) and operate in AWD mode all of the time. Traction of the wheels is electronically monitored, and when slippage is detected the system will reroute power accordingly to ensure that the vehicle has maximum traction all the time.

Four-wheel drive vehicles put the control in the hands of the driver. These vehicles can be operated in 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, and 4-wheel low. That gears it down as low as possible to really maximize the traction at all four wheels. 4WD vehicles have two differentials (front and rear) and use a transfer case to distribute power to all four wheels when engaged.

So if you are ready to start looking at the different models and options available to you on your next AWD or 4WD vehicle, then come and see our experienced sales team here at Trotter Toyota in Pine Bluff and let us help you find the right one for you.
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