What's The Difference Between All-Wheel Drive And Four-Wheel Drive?

Owning an all-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive vehicle isn't just about getting through the rough terrain and inclement weather, although that is a huge bonus that many Michigan drivers take advantage of. It's also about getting a better grip on every type of road, whether its wet, slick, or completely dry. While both systems use all four tires and have both a full-time and part-time option, they are different and are designed for a differing set of vehicles. Here's a closer look at what each system offers and how they work.

  • All-Wheel Drive

    Found on a wide array of vehicles, including many cars, vans, and crossovers, all-wheel drive is a frequent commodity that is a great selling point for the "regular" type vehicles.

    • Full-Time - Moves all four wheels at all times, providing better traction on any roadway or weather condition.
    • Part-Time - Uses two wheels for most driving, but, when it senses more traction is needed, will automatically switch without any help from the driver.
  • Four-Wheel Drive

    Designed for vehicles that are ready to conquer the off-roading adventures, four-wheel drive is known for its 4X4 capabilities and heavy-duty options. You can find four-wheel drive on vehicles like trucks, SUVs, and off-roading vehicles.

    • Full-Time - Not normally found on many vehicles, full-time four-wheel drive is a continuous use of all four tires.
    • Part-Time - The most common, part-time four-wheel drive is only activated when the driver wants it to be, which helps with getting over a wide array of obstacles and rough terrain.

Whatever type of drivetrain you're interested in, whether it be all-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive, we suggest visiting our K&M Wayland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership. We have many different vehicles in every powertrain, drivetrain, and capability and would love to show you around our current line-up.

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