All-Wheel Drive VS. Four-Wheel Drive

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With all the car jargon and new technologies to consider, sometimes shopping for a new vehicle seems overwhelming. At Liberty Mazda, we want to make the car-buying experience less complicated. That’s why our knowledgeable Mazda dealers are there with you every step of the way, whether you’re exploring our inventory or are in need of Mazda parts for sale. One question our Mazda dealers hear a lot is, “What’s the difference between all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD)?” If you’ve wondered that same thing, the experts at our Mazda service center can explain the differences.Differences at a glance:

  • AWD is better for driving on pavement
  • 4WD is better for off-roading
  • AWD is usually on performance vehicles
  • 4WD is typically found on trucks and SUVs

The Difference between AWD and 4WD

Both AWD and 4WD systems are beneficial for New England winters because they’re designed to improve traction on snow and other rough road conditions. AWD distributes power to whichever wheels need it the most, so if it detects slick conditions, it automatically adjusts the wheels for better traction. AWD is also great for driving on pavement because it’s engineering allows you to accelerate quickly without skidding. Most 4WD vehicles, on the other hand, feature front and rear axles that are locked together to spread torque evenly across all four wheels. That design makes this drivetrain perfect for off-roading. For example, if one wheel gets stuck in the mud or gravel, the others continue to spin and climb until your vehicle gets dislodged.

Driving conditions at a glance

  • 4WD is best for mud, snow, gravel, and off-road conditions
  • AWD provides better traction on pavement

Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

We’re proud to offer a variety of Mazda SUVs and crossovers that feature AWD systems, including i-ACTIV AWD® technology. These automobiles provide the perfect handling and performance for drivers who spend the majority of their time commuting on highways, but who also want maximum traction when the roads get tough. If this lifestyle mirrors your own, then you might consider taking a 2017 Mazda CX-5 or 2018 Mazda CX-3 for a test drive. We think you’ll be impressed by how well each of these SUVs responds to highways and city roads alike.

So if you want to schedule a test drive, learn more about the Mazda CX-5 safety ratings, or speak to one of our Mazda dealers in CT about the other vehicles in our inventory, come to Liberty Mazda today. We look forward to getting you behind the wheel of a brand-new car.


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