There are many choices to make when you are searching for a new vehicle, and the word “drivetrain” may not be at the top of your mind. However, the type of drivetrain your vehicle has can make a big difference in how you drive and use your vehicle.
To help you learn about different drivetrains, our Toyota service specialists are breaking down the differences between three main types of drivetrains: front-wheel drive (FWD), all-wheel drive (AWD), and four-wheel drive (4WD).
Most vehicles are equipped with front-wheel drive. In this drivetrain configuration, the engine sends power to the front wheels to move the vehicle forward. With FWD vehicles, you’ll have a good balance for reliable traction and good fuel efficiency. Vehicles such as the Toyota Corolla are equipped with FWD.
AWD vs. 4WD
Now let’s take a look at all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Both systems provide added traction and responsiveness, but they each have their differences.
Vehicles equipped with AWD send power to the wheels which need it the most. Most AWD systems constantly monitor road and weather conditions and ensure your vehicle has added traction as needed. One of the biggest advantages of AWD is improved performance in difficult weather conditions and rough roads. Vehicles such as the Toyota Highlander are equipped with innovative AWD.
4WD works by sending power to all four wheels simultaneously. This helps the vehicle navigate challenging terrain by enabling better traction and driving quality. If you plan on taking your vehicle off-road or live in an area with difficult road conditions, then a vehicle with 4WD may be right for you. The Toyota 4Runner and the Toyota Tacoma are examples of vehicles equipped with capable 4WD systems.
To learn more, please give our Toyota dealership near Glendale, CA a call, send us an email, or visit our website. Our friendly team can answer all of your questions.