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Difference Between AWD vs. 4WD

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Many people wonder the same thing about the differences between AWD and 4WD. Often the question that people wonder is if AWD is better than 4WD. At %di_name%, we have all the answers to help you understand if AWD vs. 4WD is better. If you are in the market and looking for either AWD or 4WD, connect with us. We can help get you behind the wheel of a used car of your preference.


AWD vs. 4WD: What is the Difference?

You are looking to figure out which is better for you, an AWD or a 4WD vehicle? They are not the same, and they do change the way you drive. You can check out AWD and 4WD, Minnetonka drivers, within our inventory. But first, let’s find out the differences.

What is AWD?

So, is AWD better than 4WD? Well, that depends on the intention of what you plan to do with your vehicle. AWD stands for “all-wheel drive,” and it is the drivetrain configuration that directs the torque from the engine to the front and rear axles. There are varying AWD systems, which include full-time or part-time AWD. Full-time AWD constantly sends the torque to all four axles, where part-time AWD systems monitor road conditions and driving behavior. Thus, depending on what it senses, it will determine when to send torque to the front axles. The uni-body frame on a vehicle is the most common body for AWD drivetrains.

What is 4WD?

Four-wheel drive, a.k.a 4WD, is your traditional 4×4 drivetrain. Hence, the type of drivetrain is often found in off-road vehicles like used Jeep models. The 4WD system sends power to the front and rear axles. They, too, can direct the right amount of power to the right and left wheels on your vehicle. Four-wheel drive is best for truck-based platforms.

Which is Better: AWD or 4WD?

When driving around town in Maple Grove, then AWD is ideal for the vehicle you want. However, if you have bad weather yearly or like off-road driving, then 4WD is the drivetrain you are looking for when choosing your used SUV or truck. So, which is better: AWD or 4WD? It depends on where you plan to travel while in your vehicle. Thus, the answer is based on driving preference.

Browse the AWD & 4WD SUVs at Cornerstone Plymouth!

Take a look at our vehicle inventory and decide based on your lifestyle. At Cornerstone Plymouth, we can help you figure out which car, SUV, or truck will give you the desired driving experience you want. Contact us to schedule an appointment, and we can get you behind the wheel of an AWD or 4WD of your choosing!


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