What’s the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

a 2023 Ford Edge driving down the road

Is AWD better than 4WD? Ford offers many new AWD and FWD models, and the team at Anderson Ford Kingman often gets asked about the difference between AWD and 4WD and if AWD is better than 4WD. Which is best for you depends on your Kingman driving needs. Learn the difference between AWD and 4WD here, and feel free to come to the dealership for a test drive to choose whether you prefer AWD or 4WD.



What is AWD?

All-wheel drive (AWD) is a popular drivetrain configuration that directs torque from the engine to the front and rear axles to all four wheels. There are full-time AWD and part-time AWD systems available. Full-time AWD systems send torque to the front and rear axles all of the time on your Golden Valley drives, while part-time AWD systems monitor road conditions and driving behavior to determine when to send torque only to the front axle.

What is 4WD?

Four-wheel drive (4WD) is a traditional 4×4 drivetrain. The primary difference between AWD and 4WD is that 4WD systems send power to the front and rear axles. They can also direct a specific amount of energy between the left and right wheels. 4WD systems are designed for maximum off-road capability and are often in vehicles with truck-based platforms.

Is AWD Better Than 4WD?

So, is AWD better than 4WD for your Dolan Springs adventures, or is it the other way around? When choosing between AWD or 4WD, your selection depends on your needs. Typically, AWD vehicles are the best option for most suburban drivers around Hackberry that want enhanced traction in inclement weather conditions. 4WD vehicles are a better choice for those drivers wanting the most rugged off-road performance.

Browse Ford AWD and 4WD Models at Anderson Ford Kingman!

Now that we’ve answered the question, “Is AWD the same as 4WD?” if you’re still having trouble choosing between AWD or 4WD, visit us at Anderson Ford Kingman. We have an extensive inventory of both AWD and 4WD models. Let’s go for a test drive (or two) around Anderson Ford Kingman so you can experience the difference between AWD and 4WD. Please ask us about our new vehicle specials and incentives, and feel free to apply for financing online. Don’t wait! Contact us today!


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