Honda All Wheel Drive Vs. Four Wheel Drive


AWD vs 4WD - What's the Difference?

When you shop around for different types of vehicles, you'll find they come with all types of features. AWD and 4WD are common and determine how much traction you have under the wheels of your car as it's in motion. These are two different setups that can be difficult to understand without knowing a few basic facts. When you get more insight into each option, it'll be easier to make the right decision based on your needs and how you plan to spend your time on or off the road in your vehicle.

What is All-Wheel Drive?

All-wheel drive works by powering the back and front wheels on your vehicle with the use of the powertrain. This mode can operate at all times in full-time mode to ensure you always have enough traction. There's also a part-time system available that operates half the time and can switch to all-wheel drive when you need it.

When you use the AWD feature, you can use it without having to engage the system. There are still a few types of cars in the industry that provide you with more control. Each wheel on the car receives torque through clutches, couplings, and differentials.

What is Four-Wheel Drive?

With four-wheel drive, a set of differentials is used on the center, rear, and front of the car. This is a common feature that often comes standard on larger vehicles like trucks and SUVs. Power is also delivered to each wheel for added safety.

When you use the 4WD feature, it will deliver torque to each wheel when it's needed to keep your car planted on the road. It comes with part-time and full-time modes, similar to AWD. Low and high ranges are also available to choose from while driving. You can easily set this up with an electronic switch or lever that is present. If you plan to drive on snow, sand, or grave, you can choose the high setting. The low setting works well if you need more traction on slippery surfaces and roads.

Our team is here to provide you with more information about the main differences between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive when you contact or stop by our dealership. We can answer your questions and can assist you in making the right selection when you're in the market for a new car and want to choose the right driving mode for your set of wheels.

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