Know the Difference Between 4-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel-Drive

There is some moderate confusion between the terms 4-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. To many people they mean one in the same thing, but that is not really true. The two systems differ in what vehicle includes them and the use that the vehicle is most likely to be found being used for.

The 4-wheel-drive setup is probably most familiar to most people as it has been around for the longest period of time. 4-wheel-drive uses a lower gear ratio and a split differential to accomplish the four-wheel power. It is used primarily in pickup trucks and off-road SUVs, mainly for off-road and rough terrain purposes.

The all-wheel-drive process, on the other hand, sends a uniform amount of power to each tire which also uses a unique torque system to send extra power to any wheel that needs it due to a difference in road conditions. Sedans, crossovers and high-performance vehicles use this kind of setup for paved roads.

If you need to know more before settling on a new drivetrain, then be sure to confide in the knowledge of our staff at Woodhouse Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM FIAT!

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