AWD Versus 4WD: What’s Best for You?

November 3rd, 2017 by

2017 Jeep Cherokee

Being prepared for bad driving conditions is paramount to you and your family’s safety. One of the best options to ensure you stay mobile is a vehicle with AWD or 4WD. Did you know the difference between the two? There’s more to it than you may realize. Let’s take a look at what makes up each system and why it is important to know the differences.

-The AWD option-

With All-Wheel Drive (AWD) you have a system that powers all four of your vehicle’s wheels at the same time. in decades past, AWD systems used to act jittery on very slick surfaces like ice or sleet. However, with improved technology, today’s AWD systems offer complete confidence to the driver. These systems do have some limitations, however. They are on all of the time and this can hurt fuel economy depending upon conditions and your driving habits. Secondly, due to their design, they do not offer a low-range gear. Therefore, taking them off-road is not recommended. Tire wear can be a concern especially if you do not have them regularly rotated.

-The 4WD option-

With Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) this is where things can get a bit confusing. A full-time 4WD system is just that. It utilizes a center differential to properly apply power to the front and back axles. It is always on and delivers superior on-road and off-road performance in any weather. Part-time 4WD is based on a 2WD platform that offers the four-wheel drive capability for off-road or hazardous conditions. This class of 4WD system is not to be used on dry pavement or continuously. Finally, we have on-demand 4WD systems. This last system operates as a 2WD system until challenging road conditions occur. It will automatically engage 4WD when the wheels experience slippage or sliding.

Jeep offers the most options and by far the most superior options available today. With nearly 80 years of experience in the toughest conditions, you can expect Jeep to lead the way. Our staff knows what will work best for your lifestyle when it comes to AWD and 4WD choices. Call, email or come by and see us and we will be happy to assist you in any way!