The Purpose of All-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive

The difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is all about the purpose for which the vehicle is intended to be used. People who are not knowledgeable about the subject think that both terms mean the same thing, but that is not really accurate, except that both cause all four wheels of a vehicle to be engaged to provide more traction at the driving surface.

Four-wheel drive is mainly used in sporting and maintenance driving situations. Found mostly in pickup trucks and oversized off-road SUVs, this technology uses lower gear ratios and a split differential. It is an off-road, rugged terrain application favored by farm use, sporting applications, construction, and maintenance projects.

All-wheel-drive is designed for paved road conditions for passenger vehicles such as sedans, high-performance vehicles, and crossovers. Power is sent to each wheel with allowance for more if needed based on road conditions. It is ideal for difficult weather conditions such as ice, snow, and heavy rainstorms.

If you’re unsure of which drivetrain is best fit for your needs, our staff at Skalnek Ford in Orion is happy to help guide you through our new inventory. Stop in and learn more today!


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