Explore the Differences between All-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive

Some people find it difficult to distinguish between four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. The just consider the terminology to be different wording for the same thing. However, that is just not the case. They both refer to having power sent to all four wheels, but that is really all that is similar.

Four-wheel-drive is familiar to most people because it has been available for quite some time. It uses a lower gear ratio and a split differential to power its 4-wheel concept. The four-wheel-drive is found in larger off-road SUVs and pickup trucks. Four-wheel-drive units are used mainly for off-road and more rugged terrain driving.

The all-wheel-drive concept is designed for paved roadways only. It sends an equal amount of power to all four wheels with the ability to vary the torque as the road conditions demand it for any particular wheel. It is found in sedans, crossovers, and high-performance vehicles. It does an excellent job of providing a sure and safe driving experience in bad weather such as ice, snow, and heavy rain.

You can learn more about both drivetrains with our staff at Audi Westwood!

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