Detailing the Differences Between Four-Wheel-Drive and All-Wheel-Drive Systems

All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are similar in name, but different in function, so they are sometimes confused with one another. They both do cause all four wheels of a vehicle to have power and traction are added to the driving ability of the vehicle. However, the similarity ends there as they each operate differently as to function.

The four-wheel drive vehicles utilize a low gear ratio along with a split differential to get the job done. This technology is found in larger off-road SUVs and pickup trucks. The four-wheel-drive system is best used for driving on rugged terrain and off-road adventures.

The all-wheel drive system is designed specifically to run on paved roadways. It provides a steady power source to all four wheels, with an allowance for differing road conditions at each wheel. It is found in sedans, crossover vehicles, and high-performance cars. The result is a powerful and smooth ride that works well in all kinds of weather such as heavy rainstorms, snow, and ice.

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