The 4 Types of Drivetrains and Why They Matter

The 4 Types of Drivetrains and Why They Matter

| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

The all-wheel drivetrain system has fluid-filled differentials and advanced electronics enabling the engine to send power to all four wheels. This provides a vast and highly improved capability for driving on wet or slippery roads. Examples of vehicles with AWD include the Subaru Legacy and the Acura RL.

Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)

The four-wheel drivetrain is similar to AWD in that the engine’s power is sent to all four wheels. However, 4WD is typically more robust because it’s designed to handle off-road driving. Examples of vehicles with 4WD include the Range Rover or the Ford F150.

Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

A car or truck with front-wheel drive has all of the engine’s power being sent to the two front wheels, so the drivetrain is basically pulling the car down the road. This serves to give the car more traction, providing stability, predictability and dependability when the roads get a little icy. Examples of vehicles with FWD include the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.

Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)

With rear-wheel drive, all of the engine’s power is sent to the back two wheels. Opposite of cars with FWD, a car with RWD is being pushed down the road. This does not work well in areas with icy winters because the level of traction is low. Despite this, RWD provides balance and offers superior braking and handling. Examples of vehicles with RWD include the Lexus IS Series and the BMW 3 Series.

No matter what type of drivetrain your car has, the ASE-certified technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive in Waxahachie, Texas can make sure you’re taken care of. Call our Waxahachie drivetrain shop today to schedule an appointment, and notice the Nice Difference!

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