What's the Difference Between All-Wheel Drive and 4-Wheel Drive?

When you're looking for an all-terrain vehicle, you'll inevitably find yourself confronted with an important question. Should I seek out something with all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive?

Both options have their place and their perks. The right choice for you, however, will likely depend on what you're looking to do in your vehicle and where you plan to take it.

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The Difference Between AWD and 4WD

All-wheel drive is, generally speaking, an automated system. Computers inside your car monitor your wheels and the road. When the computers detect that your car is having trouble maintaining its grip on the road, it sends extra power to the wheels that could use some extra oomph. This boost in power helps your vehicle stay stable on the road, even in times of bad weather and poor conditions.

4-wheel drive is a bit different. A system you activate manually, it makes it so that your vehicle is being powered by all four wheels at once. This extra muscle can go a long way toward helping you travel safely through mud, snow, and off-road terrain. That being said, it's also much more cost intensive, thanks to the extra fuel you're using to power four wheels instead of just the ones that need it.

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Which One is Right for You?

If you're a more casual driver that wants some extra help in critical moments, all-wheel drive is probably your best bet. Drivers who use their vehicles for work or who enjoy off-road recreation, meanwhile, might be better off with a good 4WD system. Whichever option you choose, you'll find plenty of choices waiting in the new vehicle inventory at Cunningham Chrysler of Edinboro.

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