GMC All Wheel Drive Vs. Four Wheel Drive


AWD vs 4WD - What's the Difference?

Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are two kinds of drivetrain that you can get when you buy a car. Both types of drivetrain will get your car through the elements and provide reliable traction and handling. All-wheel drive can also improve your vehicle's fuel efficiency by delivering steady power to the wheels. Four-wheel drive is a good drivetrain to get if you need a rugged vehicle that has even more off-road potential. A car with four-wheel drive can climb over rocks and conquer hilly and uneven terrain easily. Depending on the car you get and your preferences, you can either get a vehicle with full-time or part-time all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

What is All-Wheel Drive?

All-wheel drive generally sends an equal amount of power to all four wheels. All-wheel drive provides a consistent volume of power, which is advantageous if you are driving down the highway and want to have a vehicle that is more fuel-efficient. Although all-wheel drive usually gives all four wheels equal power at once, it can also redistribute power to give certain wheels more power when required. All-wheel drive can redirect power to either the front or back wheels to provide a car with additional traction and stability. All-wheel drive that works full-time is just referred to as "all-wheel drive," but you can also get a car with all-wheel drive on demand. All-wheel drive is found on many kinds of cars, ranging from small sedans and crossovers to larger vehicles including SUVs and pickup trucks. All-wheel drive can be connected to either an automatic or manual transmission.

What is Four-Wheel Drive?

Four-wheel drive is another drivetrain available for a vehicle. While all-wheel drive is common on a range of vehicles, four-wheel drive is typically reserved for larger vehicles and sporty cars that might need to venture off-road. Four-wheel drive, like all-wheel drive, is available as a part-time or a full-time drivetrain. Four-wheel drive is the drivetrain that you will want to have if you like to explore off the beaten path, as four-wheel drive gives your car greater capability for climbing hills, descending, and trying to navigate difficult terrain. Four-wheel drive is also a top choice for people who need a reliable work vehicle when conditions might be snowy, muddy, or when extra power is required. Four-wheel drive may come with select driving modes for additional handling and control.

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