AWD vs. 4WD – Which is Right for You?

Winter tire wheels using 4WD

Are you in the market for a rugged pickup or SUV that you can take off road? Or are you looking for a vehicle that will give you more control in bad weather on our Derby area roads? Sounds like you’re in the market for an AWD or 4WD vehicle. But, which is better, AWD or 4WD? What is the difference between AWD and 4WD? Is AWD the same as 4WD? You have questions, we have answers. If you’re having your own internal AWD vs. 4WD debate, take a look at our handy guide below to determine which is right for you.


What is the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

Both 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles give you more control by distributing power to all four wheels. So, what is the difference between AWD and 4WD, exactly? The main difference between AWD and 4WD is how the power is distributed:

  • Full-time AWD – Power is sent to all four wheels all the time
  • Part-time AWD – Power is sent to front or rear axle as needed
  • 4WD – Power can be sent to the front or rear axle, but can also be sent to the driver or passenger side.

AWD vs. 4WD – Going Off Road

Which is better: AWD or 4WD for taking a vehicle off road? The versatility of 4WD is well-suited for the conditions you might encounter when off-roading. A 4WD vehicle can divert power to one side or the other, helping you to avoid problems like getting stuck in ruts, for instance.

AWD vs. 4WD – Bad Weather

Is AWD better than 4WD, or is 4WD better in bad weather? An AWD drivetrain usually better is getting around on El Dorado roads during harsh conditions. The typical AWD drivetrain can sense which wheels are losing traction and divert power to the front or rear axle accordingly, providing more control for the driver.

Check Out Our AWD and 4WD Vehicles at Don Hattan Dealerships

We make it easy for you to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle. You can even apply for financing online. Our dealership is just a short drive away from both Newton and Valley Center, but you can also browse our entire inventory from the comfort of your own home! So, contact us today!

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