Most folks would like to get the most out of their vehicles but do not really have the information they need to do so. And with so many variants available today, it only makes decision-making all the more confusing. Among the usual cause of this confusion would be the All-wheel drive (AWD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD). In a nutshell, both work all four wheels of the vehicle, but the difference is that while this is a fixed feature for AWDs, it is optional for the 4WD.
4WDs can usually be found on SUVs, especially on off-road vehicles. The foremost come-on for this type of car is that it can give the best traction in off-road conditions and difficult terrain.
AWDs, on the other hand, are featured on crossovers, medium SUVs, or supercars. It gives increased grip under a number of road conditions, but doesn’t match the low-speed off-roading that can be had with a 4WD. It is still quite advanced, though, and provides excellent safety and fun-factor benefits.
Choosing between a 4WD and AWD would come down to how you plan to use your vehicle. If you are looking to hit the off-roads often, then a 4WD would be best. The AWD is ideal for those who aren’t looking at occasional off-roads but still would want to be able to comfortably drive under other rough road conditions.
Keep these differences in mind when determining which type would suit your needs best.