Before choosing a new vehicle, assess your needs to determine which one suits your situation the best. The make, model and year are the obvious things to consider when searching for the right vehicle and of course, style plays a big role but that’s not all. Another important thing to consider is the drivetrain. Do you need a rear, front, all wheel or 4 wheel drive vehicle?
Here’s the difference between the four:
• Rear Wheel Drive – This is the oldest type of drivetrain available. It’s designed to send the power produced by the engine to the rear wheels. With this design, the rear wheels handle the power and the front wheels handle all of the steering capabilities.
• Front Wheel Drive – The drivetrain is located in the front of the vehicle, which means that the power produced by the engine is directed to the front two wheels only. It offers more traction than rear wheel drive and since it’s lighter, it’s perfect for small, compact vehicles.
• All Wheel Drive – With this drivetrain, the power from the engine is sent to all four wheels, all the time. However, the amount of power sent to each wheel will vary according to the type of terrine you’re driving on. The center differential divides the power from the engine between the front and rear axles. If a wheel loses traction, the sensors will detect it and send this information to the computer, which in turn sends more power to that wheel to improve traction.
• 4 Wheel Drive – There are two types of 4 wheel drive vehicles. Most of them use the rear wheel drive in normal driving conditions. However, if you’re driving on rough terrain, the snow or mud, you can manually switch over to the 4 wheel drive system for more traction. There are a few vehicles in which all four wheels are engaged, which means the engine sends power to all four wheels all the time. Both types of four wheel drive vehicles provide more traction for driving in rough off-road conditions.
Knowing the difference between these four drivetrains will help you determine which one suits your needs the best.