4WD vs AWD Pt. 2 | Land Rover Minneapolis

4WD vs AWD Pt. 2 | Land Rover Minneapolis


If you have ever found yourself trying to figure out the difference between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive you are in the right place. Keep reading as we examine the pros and cons of the AWD system. Then click here for Part 1 of 4WD vs. AWD, to read as we break down the 4WD system.

All-Wheel Drive

A much more recent innovation, all-wheel drive takes a different approach to supplying you with the best traction as it is active at all times. AWD uses a system of gears to divide the power from the transmission first between the front and rear axles and then between each individual wheel.

By splitting the power between all four wheels individually the system works to transfer the power to wheels with the best traction, giving you the best grip on the road. While AWD can’t match the same levels of traction as 4WD in extremely low-speed off-road driving, AWD has the clear advantage in slippery conditions for precision driving.

In today’s AWD systems, computers monitor the speed, traction and a host of other factors for each wheel to determine which wheels have the best grip and where the power should be sent. This helps to eliminate the previously mentioned 4WD turning issue.

All-Wheel Drive Pros:

  • Active all the time
  • Better precision handling
  • Provides better traction in wet and snowy climates

All-Wheel Drive Cons:

  • Reduces fuel economy
  • Does not perform as well in off-road conditions
  • Increases the weight and complexity
  • More expensive that standard front-wheel drive models

Which Is Right For You?

As you can see choosing the right system really depends on what conditions you intend on driving your vehicle in. If you plan on using your vehicle off-road often, 4WD is the obvious the best choice for you.


If you live in an area where brutal winter road condition are more often than not, an AWD system that automatically responds to slippery conditions can give you the peace of mind you have been looking for.



Click here for 4WD vs. AWD Part 1.

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