Distinguishing Between All-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel Drive

There is usually some misunderstanding between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Many people just think that it is different descriptions of the same thing, but that is not entirely true. While the end result is to get all four wheels of a vehicle powered and getting traction, there is more to it than just that.

Four-wheel drive vehicles utilize a split differential and a lower gear ration to accomplish its mojo. It is mainly found in pickup trucks and some of the larger off-road SUVs. A four-wheel drive system is mainly used for off-road and rough terrain purposes.

The all-wheel drive systems send equal amounts of power to each wheel of the vehicle, allowing for adjustments depending on the condition of the road at each point. All-wheel drive configurations are found in crossover vehicles, sedans, and high-performance vehicles. The result is a steady, smooth and uniform driving experience.

All-wheel drive setups are very good in inclement weather conditions such as heavy rain, snow, and icy conditions.

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