When shopping for a new car, there are several decisions that one has to make. You can go for either a practical or a luxury car. Are you looking for space or do you need better gas mileage? In addition to the many choices that are available in the market, you will also have to decide on whether you will go for a 2WD, 4WD, or AWD. So what are some of the main points to consider before acquiring any of these types of cars?
Cars that are 2WD are equipped with a drive train, which enables two wheels to receive power from the engine at the same time. However, in the case of AWD, the train engine can be able to provide power for all for all four wheels. In the case of the 4WD, they provide power to all wheels via different 5transfer cases and differentials. Overall, the main difference between the 4WD and AWD is that the AWD cannot be turned off. Another way to distinguish between the two is to view the AWD as an on-road and a 4WD as an off-road. Whereas AWD is common in the case of most cars such as SUVs and sport cars, 4WD are mostly meant for navigating tough terrains.
When we compare the response of the 2WD, 4WD and AWD in the context of bad weather, the AWD and 4WD easily outperform the 2WD. This is caused due to the distribution of the traction. If you happen to live in areas where there is mostly rainy or snowy, then going for a 4WD or AWD will be better, as you know driving a 2WD during bad weather can be a challenging task.
When looking at the types of cars, the 4WD has the best traction especially on rough terrains. This makes it undoubtedly the best for all terrains. Moreover, since 4WD are suited best for off-roads, then you will never go wrong selecting a 4WD for rough-uneven terrains.
Historically, one of the disadvantages of the AWD and 4WD is that they would end up consuming a lot of fuel due to their engines as well as their heavier parts. This generally meant that more people opted for the 2WD since they consumed lesser fuel as compared to their counterparts. However, in the recent past, there has been a variety of AWD and 4WD cars, which are more economical in gas usage. In addition, the ability to switch between four-wheel and two-wheel in the case of 4WD enable you to save more on fuel.
When we compare the prices of all the three types of cars, we will see that there might be additional costs of up to $1000 - $4000 when acquiring either a 4WD or an AWD. In addition, they have additional expenses for maintenance.
Hence as seen above, there are several factors to consider before going on to decide on a 2WD, 4WD and AWD, which ought not to be disregarded. However, if you are still uncertain on what to choose, you might need to talk more to the car salesmen to get more insight on what is best for you.