Drivetrains are extremely important. At Turlock Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM in Turlock, CA, we’d like to make sure you know the difference between the different drivetrains, as they can drive quite differently and we certainly want you to get exactly what you need for your everyday life.
Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
In FWD vehicles, the car is pulled into motion by the front wheels. This has quite a few benefits. Firstly, because of the front-loaded nature of most automobiles, the weight is concentrated over the front wheels creating a stabilizing effect and greatly improving traction.
Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)
Conversely, RWD vehicles are propelled forward by the motion of the back tires. This leaves the front wheels free to maneuver without also accelerating. While this great for acceleration and maneuverability, it causes traction to suffer, particularly on slick or wet roads. The 2017 Chrysler 300 is a quality RWD vehicle.
All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
Incidentally, AWD doesn’t mean that all the wheels are moving the car forward at once. Instead, only 2 of the 4 at a time from either the front or the rear. This creates a versatile driving experience that’s great for rough terrains, offroading, and slick roads. To accomplish this, however, the vehicle typically needs to be heavier affecting fuel economy and acceleration rates.
Four-Wheel Drive (4WD or 4×4)
4WD does refer to all four wheels working together at the same time to help the car power through most any terrain. 4WD is also distinguished in that it can be turned on and off. When off the car reverts to RWD.
Hopefully, this helps you know exactly what to look for when you come into Turlock Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM. For more information, be sure to check out our inventory of new Chrysler cars near Ceres, CA!