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All-Wheel Drive VS. Four-Wheel Drive | Grand Rapids, MI

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All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive

Once winter weather hits, the road can get hazardous. Having extra traction with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive can make a big difference. But, which is better?

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive, or AWD, is available in a wide range of vehicles, including crossovers, many sedans, and other types of vehicles. This type of system is always “on” and tracks the traction needs of each wheel to send power to specific wheels, as needed.


Four-wheel drive

If you do any type of off-road driving, you know that four-wheel drive, or 4WD, is the key to a successful experience. When inactive, most 4WD vehicles are rear-wheel drive and are thus considered part-time 4WD. To activate all four wheels, the driver needs to press a switch or engage a lever. Full-time 4WD is available on certain trucks and SUVs and often lets drivers choose between a rear-biased system or an “automatic” mode that sends more power to the front wheels, as needed.

Both AWD and 4WD will help drivers get a better handle on winter roads. However, if you plan on taking your vehicle off the beaten path, 4WD may be the best option. If you are looking for better traction this winter, we have a great selection of used cars equipped with AWD and 4WD here at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used.



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4140 Plainfield Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: (866) 207-9625
Fax: (616) 419-3344
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