What’s the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

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When you’re browsing the lineup of new Ford vehicles for sale near Highland, you’re going to come across certain models that either have AWD or 4WD. You may find yourself asking, “Is AWD the same as 4WD?” and in short, they aren’t. So, what is the difference between AWD and 4WD and which option is best for your lifestyle?



AWD, also known as all-wheel drive, is a drivetrain configuration that sends torque from the engine to the front and rear axles to all four wheels. 4WD, or four-wheel drive, sends power to the front and rear axles, and it also directs a specific amount of power between the left and right wheels. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between AWD and 4WD with the team at Webb Ford.

What is AWD?

AWD, or “all-wheel drive,” is a drivetrain configuration in which torque is directed from the engine to the front and rear axles to all four wheels via differentials. There are several types of AWD system, including full-time AWD and part-time AWD. Full-time AWD systems send torque to the front and rear axles all throughout your drives in Schererville, while part-time AWD systems monitor the road conditions and adapt accordingly. For instance, part-time AWD will decide when it’s appropriate to send torque only to the front axle. Munster drivers will find AWD systems on vehicles with unibody frames like the Ford EcoSport.

What is 4WD?

4WD, or “four-wheel drive,” is a traditional 4×4 drivetrain. The biggest difference between AWD vs. 4WD is that 4WD systems have the ability to send a specific amount of power between left and right wheels. Hammond thrill-seekers who enjoy off-roading will find that vehicles equipped with 4WD systems deliver the best performance, seeing that they’re designed for maximum off-road prowess and are typically built into vehicles with truck-based platforms.

Which is Better: AWD or 4WD?

Griffith drivers often ask, “Is AWD better than 4WD or vice versa?” The answer to this question ultimately depends on your driving needs. AWD vehicles are often the best option for drivers who desire extra traction during inclement weather conditions. On the other hand, 4WD vehicles are better-suited for rugged, off-road conditions.

Browse the AWD and 4WD Ford Models at Webb Ford

Whether you’re in the market for a Ford AWD model or a Ford 4WD model, the Webb Ford team is here to help you find the perfect vehicle for your Merrillville lifestyle. Contact us today to arrange a test drive of your favorite AWD and 4WD models. Also, be sure to check out our new vehicle specials to secure a great deal on your favorite Ford!


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