2WD vs. 4WD: Some Helpful Tips

April 17th, 2015 by

It’s just another one of the myriad questions you have to answer when searching for your next vehicle. “Should I go with a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive?” We’ve provided a few things to think about so you can find what’s right for you in the 2WD vs. 4WD debate.

2WD vs. 4WD

First off, you should know that there is a difference between four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. 4WD “employs two differentials and a transfer case to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle” while 4WD “employs a front, rear and center differential to provide power to all four wheels of a vehicle,” according to Edmunds.com. AWD is largely what cars and crossovers use that have this feature. 4WD is for trucks and large, truck-based SUVs.

What AWD and 4WD vehicles do better is acceleration. More specifically, these kinds of vehicles achieve better traction during acceleration. This has quite a few benefits. AWD/4WD vehicles are simply going to make it easier to tow loads, especially in slippery and wet conditions. They are also going to make it harder to get stuck in mud or dirt or sand.

Edmunds.com points out that another potential benefit is resale value. If you live in an area where there is a greater demand for AWD/4WD vehicles, your vehicle may have a greater resale value.

As much AWD/4WD can do for you, it does come with some potential costs, such as increased cost, lower fuel economy and more maintenance are potential costs. In the end, it’s all about what’s important to you as a buyer!

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