Explore the Differences between All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive

Off-road capable vehicles are a very attractive option and are seeing some of their highest popularity ever. With all the different trucks, SUV's and crossover vehicles on the market today, there certainly isn't any shortage of options. But before you decide to buy, you should be aware that some of them are offered with all-wheel drive (AWD), while others are offered in four-wheel drive (4WD). While these sound the same, there are some differences to be aware of.

4-wheel drive vehicles have the option to be driven in 2-wheel drive mode to maximize fuel efficiency. The driver can manually put it into 4WD when they need additional traction. This system uses a front and rear differential and utilizes a transfer case when in 4WD. All-wheel drive vehicles are in AWD mode all the time. The vehicle will monitor traction on all four wheels electronically and redistribute power accordingly if slippage is detected. This system uses 3 differentials (front, center, and rear) instead of a transfer case because there is no 2WD option.

So if you are ready to see the difference in person, come down to Boucher Nissan of Waukesha and take one for a test drive today.

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