IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRIVE
This Article On It’s All About The Drive Is Written By Billy Stavridis NMLS 1425310
AWD OR 4WD, FRONT WHEEL DRIVE VS REAR WHEEL DRIVE WHICH IS BETTER AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DRIVE: We all drive some type of vehicle on a daily basis, whether a pickup truck or an SUV, a sport coupe or an economy sedan they all consist of some type of drivetrain system that propels them down the road and it’s important to know which type of drivetrain propels your vehicle.
FWD Or Commonly Known As Front Wheel Drive
Most passenger vehicles on the road today are equipped with what’s commonly known as front-wheel drive or (FWD), where the engine’s power is routed to the front wheels. In fact, most compact SUV’s are primarily FWD equipped with additional components that send some limited power to the rear wheels as needed. FWD vehicles designs are typically more cost effective to manufacture and add more space efficiency than your conventional rear wheel drive systems. FWD vehicles add better traction while climbing hills because the engines weight being poised over the front wheels and suspension. From a packaging point of view, front wheel drive vehicles also precludes the need for space by use the driveline hump running down the middle of the cabin floor.
RWD Or Commonly Known As Rear Wheel Drive
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is commonly found on pickups and old school trucks, along with sports cars and high-performance and luxury sedans. For trucks, RWD allows the use of bulky and heavy duty components and provides better tractions with heavy and hefty loads. From a performance standpoint, rear wheel drive vehicles provides better handling by balancing the car’s weight more evenly front to rear. And because FWD vehicles don’t have to do double duty- both driving and steering- designers can optimize the suspension for handling prowess. However, RWD provides less traction on slippery roads. These days, most high end cars offer what known as all-wheel drive (AWD) as either standard equipment or as an option.
AWD Or Commonly Known As All-Wheel Drive
As the name implies, all-wheel drive (AWD) supplies power to each individual wheel. Depending on the system (designs can vary) AWD can provide maximum forward traction during acceleration. It is especially helpful in sloppy road conditions and when driving over moderate off-road terrain. It can help you keep moving through mud, sand and other loose surfaces that most RWD vehicles may find difficulty getting through. Most AWD systems deliver power primarily to one set of wheels, typically( front or rear) whereas when slippage is detected at one or more wheels, power is then distributed to the other wheels in hopes of finding more traction and thus getting out of difficult situations.
Not all AWD systems are equal, some AWD systems consistently direct approximately about 20 percent of the engine’s power to the rear and can direct a larger amount if needed. Many other systems fitted to FWD vehicles operate with 100 percent of the power normally going to the front wheels, the rear wheels then only receive power only when the front wheels start slipping.
FWD Or Commonly Known As Four Wheel-Drive
In marketing the designations (AWD-FWD) are often used interchangeable, however, there is significant difference between the two drive systems. 4WD is generally used for severe off-road situations such as climbing over boulders, fording deep waters and tackling steep hills with loose / low tractions conditions. Most late 4WD systems are either full-time, which means they automatcally stay engaged and or automatically switches between two and four wheel drive mode as needed. Part-time 4WD require that the driver manually shift between two and four wheel drive as needed. Vehicles with part-time systems shouldn’t be driven on dry pavement when in 4WD mode, which could risk damage to the vehicles drivetrain. Most drivers on a daily basis never come close to needing the capability that 4WD systems offer unless you live in area where road conditions are less than desirable and slippery. By now you should have a better idea of the different drive systems that are available and can decide which system best fits your needs.
About The Author Of It’s All About The Drive: Billy Stavridis NMLS 1425310
This article on It’s All About The Drive was written by Billy Stavridis NMLS 1425310, a writer for Gustan Cho Associates and a moderator for Lending Network USA . Billy Stavridis is also a licensed mortgage loan originator for The Gustan Cho Team @ The Money Store and is based in Laguna Nigel, California.