What's the Difference Between AWD and 4x4?

If you're on the hunt for the perfect adventuring companion, we offer a wide range of vehicles equipped with all-wheel drive or 4x4 systems to help you harness the power you need to tackle rough terrain. So, which route should you take when shopping for a new vehicle? What's the difference between AWD and 4x4, and which one is right for you? Here's a breakdown of AWD versus 4x4 to help you shop for your next ride.

All-Wheel Drive

AWD's defining characteristic is the fact that it's an automated system that determines how much power to send to all four wheels based on your driving conditions in the Traverse City area. If your vehicle detects that you're struggling to find a grip on the road, its variable AWD system will automatically distribute power to all four wheels to help improve traction and control. If the roads are dry and traction is good, your car will operate like it has two-wheel drive to help save fuel.

4x4 Driving Systems

Some vehicles, such as the trail-conquering SUVs that you'll find in the Jeep lineup, operate with four-wheel drive. This driving style differs from AWD in that it is a fixed system that is under your control as the driver. Torque split is fixed between the front and rear axles, and a transfer case determines that split rather than an AWD system's computer. Many 4x4 systems, such as the ones available on the Jeep Wrangler, can switch to a two-wheel drive mode to improve handling on the pavement around Charlevoix.

So, What Does That Mean for You?

All-wheel drive helps to improve and stabilize handling during your trips around Kalkaska by directing power to all four wheels as necessary, making AWD a good choice if you're looking for an adaptable driving system that automatically distributes power to where it's needed most as you make your daily drive around the Cadillac, MI area.

Four-wheel drive supplies continuous power to all four wheels to help you tear across rough terrains and help you muscle your way out of tough spots, making it great for off-roading.

Learn more about AWD and four-wheel drive when you visit our dealership serving Gaylord, MI. We'll be happy to go over these systems in more detail and show you how driving a vehicle like a new Ram truck can make a difference in your daily drive.

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