Chevrolet All Wheel Drive Vs. Four Wheel Drive

 

AWD vs 4WD - What's the Difference?

Many of the latest cars that are sold in the USA are equipped with a variety of mechanical features. Depending on the make and model, you could select an AWD or 4WD. Some consumers automatically assume that such advanced installations are identical, but they are actually quite different in several ways. Even though you might initially struggle to intuitively understand the unique properties of each drivetrain, let's discuss each of these systems that you might consider when shopping for your next new vehicle.

What is All-Wheel Drive?

An all-wheel drive is a type of mechanical configuration that prioritizes power flow in the front wheels, but it can also direct power to the rear wheels. A full-time AWD system automatically engages all four wheels in a continuous manner for reliable traction on different surfaces. A part-time AWD system mainly operates on the two-wheel drive mode in most driving conditions. If necessary, a part-time drivetrain will send additional torque to the rear wheels for extra traction on slippery roads.

A typical AWD assembly works without the need for a driver's manual input, although a few models might provide more custom options for truly personalized control on the road. All of the wheels on your vehicle will receive optimum torque through a proper sequence of differentials. Some other hardware components that handle the power transfer include clutches and couplings.

What is Four-Wheel Drive?

A four-wheel drive is a setup that's usually engineered for large vehicles, such as three-row SUVs and full-size pickup trucks. A 4WD system employs multiple differentials for proper diversion of torque from the front axles to the rear axle. Additionally, transfer cases and couplings facilitate the transfer of power to all four wheels on a properly equipped vehicle.

The 4WD assembly delivers power to every wheel on a car as necessary, and it comes with full-time and part-time modes for optimum handling. You may easily select the low-end and high-end settings when cruising on the highway. Such custom modes are typically set up through a manual switch, dial, or lever in the front row. You can get the maximum available by turning on the low setting. A high setting provides traction-enhancing benefits on rough and slippery terrains, especially off-road trails.

If you would like to learn more about the distinct features of an AWD and 4WD, visit Reliable Chevy for additional information. Our experts at the dealership are also readily available to explain the details of both types of drivetrain systems through a phone call.

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