AWD vs. 4WD: Which is Best for You?

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When you visit Fred Lavery Porsche Company, you’ll see a wide selection of both AWD and 4WD vehicles in our new Porsche inventory, and you might wonder what’s the difference between AWD and 4WD. Let us help you decide which vehicle is best for your drives around Rochester Hills. There are actually various differences between the two types that play a significant role in your vehicle’s performance. Let’s learn more about the differences between AWD and 4WD in this detailed guide.

What is 4WD?

Four-wheel drive or 4WD provides power to both the front and rear axles and is often used in trucks and off-road vehicles. 4WD is best for drivers who need vehicles that are designed to drive on gravel or dirt roads in the Bloomfield Hills area. The only Porsche model available with 4WD is the Porsche Cayenne, as it’s the most capable off-road model Produced by the legendary German marque.

What is AWD?

Is AWD the same as 4WD? Not quite. All-wheel drive or AWD delivers power to both axles through a differential, and is best for driving in rough weather conditions and rough roads. There are actually two different types of AWD, part-time AWD and full-time AWD. Part-time AWD adjusts with the road conditions, therefore, the AWD system only works when needed. On the other hand, full-time AWD means that no matter what the road conditions are, AWD is always functional. AWD is a great option for drivers who won’t necessarily do any serious off-roading, but still want to have added confidence and traction when the road conditions are bad in Birmingham.

Which is Better: AWD or 4WD?

Is AWD better than 4WD? The answer ultimately depends on how and where you’ll be driving in your Porsche crossover or SUV. If you want to do off-road driving on rough terrain or experience inclement weather, then 4WD is most likely the best option.  4WD is also best for heavy-duty vehicles, as they often drive on unpaved gravel and dirt roads. AWD is best for those who drive on paved roads but want that extra traction in the case of bad weather conditions. If you want to go off-pavement to access dirt roads leading to camping or hiking and biking trails, AWD can also be suitable for these conditions.

Check Out Our AWD and 4WD Vehicles in Birmingham

Now that you know the difference between AWD and 4WD, you can make a more informed decision on your next vehicle. If you’re ready for your next AWD or 4WD vehicle, come visit Fred Lavery Porsche Company for the best pricing and financing options. We can get you behind the wheel of a RAM truck with 4WD or an affordable pre-owned SUV with AWD!


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