Two-, All-, and Four-Wheel Drive: What’s the Difference?

November 30th, 2016 by

2017 Chevy Colorado BlueIf you’re shopping for a new or used car, you’re confronted with a whole lot of choices. What kind of car are you looking for? What kind of transmission? What kind of engine? What color? What year? How many miles? It can be confusing. One option that you should consider carefully is the drivetrain: there are two-wheel drive cars and four-wheel drive cars, and you should certainly make sure you get the right configuration for your needs. Luckily, we’re here to help.

Two-Wheel Drive

Two-wheel drive is the simplest configuration. In this case your engine drives two wheels. In many cars it’s the front wheels that are powered, and the rear wheels are along for the ride. In most sports cars, trucks, and luxury cars, the rear wheels are driven, and the front wheels do the steering. In general, rear-wheel drive cars are better for performance, but not quite as good when dealing with snow or bad weather. Front wheel drive cars might not be as good on the track, but are considered better in bad weather. This could be ideal for Calumet City drivers that may have to deal with roads that haven’t been plowed.

Four-Wheel Drive

Four-wheel drive is not the same as all-wheel drive. A four-wheel drive vehicle usually runs with only two wheels engaged, but offers the option of engaging all four wheels. This gives you added control for especially bad weather or rugged terrain. Four-wheel drive can offer the advantage of a low gearing to help deal with especially steep, muddy, or snowy roads, but it requires more work on your part. This might be ideal for Chicago drivers who need to take on even the worst unplowed, snowy roads.

All-Wheel Drive

In a car with all-wheel drive, the all-wheel drive system is always on. This is a more modern system that uses sensors to detect when wheels are slipping. It will automatically send power to the wheels that have traction, so that you can keep moving and stay in control, even if the conditions are poor. This might seem like a great choice for many drivers who want to take on poor conditions in the Chicagoland area, and it is. There is a disadvantage, however, with this kind of system: in extreme situations, all-wheel drive systems can be overwhelmed and not know exactly where to send power. This is the kind of situation where a low geared four-wheel drive system would have an advantage.

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Visit us at 18033 S. Halsted St. in Homewood, IL to take care of all of your maintenance needs, or to get the perfect Chevy 4WD or AWD car for this coming winter. We’re just a quick trip from Calumet City, so stop by or schedule service online now.

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