Are You Looking for All-Wheel Drive or 4-Wheel Drive?

Here at Toyota of Vineland, we get a lot of customers (and some salespeople) who are confused by the terms all-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive. Yes, most vehicles on the road these days have four wheels so one would deduce that means "all-wheel". Let us explain the difference.

4-Wheel Drive (4WD)

Four-wheel drive is a different system altogether from all-wheel drive systems. 4WD systems were meant to help with traction at low speeds. This system is not an "always on" feature. This is great as when it is off it saves fuel.

Power moves from the engine to the transmission, to the transfer box. The transfer box evenly distributes the power to each wheel so they can turn at the same speed. This is exceptionally helpful in snowy and slippery conditions.

All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

All-wheel drive is more about getting power from the engine to the wheels with the most traction. This is done by way of a gearbox called a differential. It splits the power delivering it to where its best use can be for added stability. Furthermore, it is always on.

To find out more or test drive one of our vehicles, stop by Toyota of Vineland.

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