What’s the difference between four-wheel-drive and all-wheel drive?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ, Tips and tricks on Monday, October 14th, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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Differences between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive explained 

In your search through vehicles, you may have come across the terms “four-wheel drive” and “all-wheel drive.” While they are similar in concept, there are a few key differences to keep in mind. We wanted to help define each a little better and offers examples of each from our inventory. Keep reading to learn the difference between four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. 

red 2019 Mazda CX 3

Four-wheel drive 

In four-wheel-drive vehicles, they have two differentials. These distribute power equally to each wheel. The purpose for this is for times when vehicles are driving off-road and come across tough terrains. With power going to each wheel, drivers are less likely to get stuck. 

All-wheel drive 

These types of vehicles have three different differentials. They help give power to specific wheels rather than to all wheels equally. This form of drive train is for driving in any road condition by creating traction. The system provides the wheels with power, torque and grip. Some vehicles in our inventory that have all-wheel drive are the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda3, which have multiple trim levels to choose form. 

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Check out our inventory of both four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles 

We have a variety of both drivetrains on our lot. Make sure to check out our inventory to find the one for you. If you have any questions, there are a variety of ways to do so. You have the option to call us, fill an online form out or by stopping by our location. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 

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