awd vs 4wd

All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive

We will always bring you a fine selection of vehicles to choose from at Keyes Chevrolet, a proud member of Keyes Cars. Whether you are looking to lease a new truck or you want to buy a crossover SUV, we have the inventory you need to make a smart decision to suit your finances and driving needs. However, as you shop around for a vehicle you may be wondering what the differences are between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Both of these systems are efficient in a variety weather and road conditions and they come with notable differences.

The Difference between AWD and 4WD

Differences at a glance:

  • AWD is of lighter weight
  • 4WD is for rugged road conditions
  • Power sent to wheels differently

With an all-wheel drive system, the power it put out to whichever wheels need it the most, making AWD an option good for drivers who are in areas where wintry and bad weather conditions exist or they simply want better control and handling. Four-wheel drive sends out power to all wheels at the same time and delivers good performance in poor weather conditions. A 4WD system will also be great in rugged road conditions where there is dirt, rock or gravel, which is why you find it on full-size SUVs and trucks that head off-road, tow, and haul. 4WD will be heavier than AWD, which is why you won’t see it on anything smaller than a sport utility vehicle. AWD is more lightweight and found on both SUVs and sedans.

Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

When you are heading off the beaten path and rough terrain is in sight, you want to have a four-wheel drive vehicle like the Chevrolet Silverado. This is a powerful truck that easily handles the 4WD system and cuts through diverse road conditions and environments. If you are looking for AWD, you will find options like the Chevrolet Equinox or the Chevrolet Trax are great for the adventurous driver. If you need more information on which model suits your driving needs best, our staff at your local Los Angeles Chevrolet dealership will be happy to help.

Driving conditions at a glance:

  • AWD is great for pavement driving for enhanced handling and traction
  • 4WD is great for off-roading and rugged environments or conditions

You will find Keyes Chevrolet conveniently located at 5949 Van Nuys Blvd in beautiful Los Angeles, CA. We will talk with you about your budget and what you are looking for in terms of styling or technology before setting you up to take a few 4WD or AWD vehicles for a test drive. Call us today at (844) 268-0551 for more information on pricing or Chevrolet financing.