How to Choose Between All-Wheel-Drive and 4-Wheel-Drive

There are lots of people who have a hard time distinguishing between 4-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. They tend to lump the two definitions into one meaning, and nothing could be farther from the truth.

4-wheel-drive is what most people are familiar with as it has been around for quite some time. Pickup trucks and larger off-road SUVs are the vehicles that primarily use a 4-wheel-drive configuration. By utilizing a lower gear ratio and a split differential, 4-wheel-drive vehicles get the job done.

All-wheel-drive vehicles consist of sedans, crossovers and high-performance vehicles. This setup sends a constant stream of power to each tire. Primarily used for vehicles that will be traveling on pavement, a special torque arrangement can send extra power to any wheel depending on road conditions. All-wheel-drive situations are great for bad weather situations such as heavy rain, ice and snow conditions.

Multiple-wheel-drive systems have become very popular over the past several years due to the increased amount of control that a driver has with the vehicle under all conditions. Find the right drivetrain for your needs in the Sealy, TX area at Ryan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

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