Discussing All-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive

All-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive are only similar in that they both cause all four wheels of a vehicle have traction against the driving surface of the road. They have different uses and come equipped with different vehicles, however.

The four-wheel-drive system is familiar to most people because the term has been around for quite a while. The basic configuration uses a split differential and a lower than usual gear ratio. It is used in pickup trucks and larger off-road SUVs. These vehicles and their multi-drive vehicles are used mostly in off-road and rough terrain situations.

The all-wheel-drive situations call for a smoother ride on paved surfaces that are slick, usually to heavy rain, snow, or ice. In this case, an equal portion of power is sent to each wheel, with some exception as far as need derived from the road surface. Typical vehicles that utilize all-wheel-drive are high-performance cars, sedans, and crossovers.

With these choices, consumers have a better choice of the vehicle they want depending on the usage and ride desired.
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