The Difference Between FWD, RWD, AWD, & 4WD Drivetrain

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When thinking about purchasing a vehicle, whether it be used or new, you need to consider what drivetrain style you require. We are going to go over the 4 different drivetrain styles and their differences. This includes rear-wheel drive (RWD), front-wheel drive (FWD), 4-wheel drive (4WD), and all-wheel drive (AWD). If you are unsure about the differences and the pros and cons, we are going to outline them for you, so you can make the best decision for your next car.  

FWD- Front-Wheel Drive 

This one, people can usually assume by the name that the name indicated the power of the car is being used by the front wheels. The front wheels are what propels the car forward, while the back wheels don’t have any force behind them. Some advantages include: better gas mileage, fewer carbon dioxide emissions, has better grip in the rain and snow. One downside is that some people find that this type of drivetrain is not enjoyable to drive.  

RWD – Rear Wheel Drive 

As this name suggests, like FWD, RWD means that the power is in the rear or back wheels. In this case, the front wheels do not propel the car forward, they have no force behind them. This drivetrain is more balanced in weight and are more fun to drive. But they do not do well in poor weather conditions.  


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