Which Drivetrain Rides Best for You?

Are you one of those people who gets four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive all mixed up and confused? Well, don't they just mean the same thing, only they are described differently? Not so fast, if you feel that way you are headed down the wrong tunnel. While it is true that both terms do describe the transfer of power to all four wheels of a vehicle in order to increase traction on the driving surface, that is where the similarities end.

Four-wheel-drive is more familiar to everyone because it has been around longer. It uses a split differential and a lower gear ratio to make everything work. Pickup trucks and over-sized SUVs are the usual vehicles that it resides. It is mainly used for off-road and rugged terrain driving. All-wheel-drive sets the standard for four-wheel traction on paved roadways. It sends even amounts of power to each wheel with additional variances available for each wheel as road conditions warrant. Sedans, crossovers, and high-performance cars use this setup.

If you’re interested to see which drivetrain is ideal for you in the local area, be sure to confide in our knowledgeable staff at Gordie Boucher Mazda of Janesville today!

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