What is All Wheel Drive (AWD) and 4×4 and how are they different?

What is all wheel drive AWD and 4x4

All-wheel drive (AWD) and 4×4 (four-wheel drive) are both types of drivetrains that power all four wheels of a vehicle, but they operate differently.

In a 4×4 system, power is sent to all four wheels all the time, typically through a transfer case. This provides improved traction and stability on rough or uneven terrain, making it well-suited for off-road driving and towing.

On the other hand, an all-wheel drive (AWD) system sends power to all four wheels only when needed. The system uses sensors to monitor the wheels’ traction and sends power to the wheels that need it most. This provides better traction and stability on slippery or loose surfaces, such as snow and ice, making it more suitable for on-road driving.

In short, 4×4 is typically better for off-road and towing while AWD is best for on-road driving, especially in slippery conditions.

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