All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive

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All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel and four-wheel drive may seem quite similar, but there are actually some vital distinctions that set these two systems apart. All-wheel drive (AWD) is versatile and makes it easy to transition between different types of terrains and environments. It is best for those who mainly drive on paved roads, with some light-off roading from time to time.

With AWD, the vehicle will automatically determine which wheels to direct the power to. When conditions are safe and comfortable, power is typically sent to the front wheels, depending on the type of vehicle you have. If conditions become more challenging, the vehicle will send power to all four wheels to provide greater driver control. 

Four-Wheel Drive

If you really want to explore off the beaten path, four-wheel drive (4WD) is the system to look for. Jeep models are known for their capable 4×4 systems, especially off-road-focused models like the Jeep Wrangler or the Jeep Gladiator.

In four-wheel drive vehicles, the front and rear wheels are actually linked together, which means power is shared evenly between all four wheels. On paved roads, these vehicles are typically reliant on rear-wheel driving, and the driver will determine when to switch to 4WD. You’ll find 4WD in trucks, vehicles with high towing capacities, and larger SUVs, as it’s really designed for heavy-duty off-road driving. 

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Whether you’re looking for a vehicle with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you’re sure to find what you need here at our Jeep dealership in Houston, TX. If you have any additional questions about your essential Jeep parts and systems, be sure to contact our expert service team today.