Getting the Definitions of All-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive Straight

There are some people who have difficulty in understanding the difference between all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive. Yes, they are similar in that they both send power to all four wheels of a vehicle in order to get better traction on the driving surface.

However, that is where the similarity stops. Understanding the difference can be valuable for future purchases of this technology. Four-wheel-drive uses a lower gear ratio and a split differential to make the four-wheel phenomenon work. It is usually found in pickup trucks and larger off-road SUVs. It is designed to be the workhorse mechanism for sports, construction, hauling and off-road activities.

All-wheel-drive is designed to be run on paved road surfaces and provide a safe, sure ride in all kinds of conditions. It supplies a steady source of power to each wheel with extra bursts as needed based on road conditions. It is found in passenger sedans, high-performance vehicles, and crossovers.

If you’re unsure about which drivetrain is best for you, then our team at Prime Volvo Cars South Shore is here to help settle on the right one for your needs!

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