What Is the Difference Between 2WD and 4WD?

When selecting between 4WD and 2WD in New Jersey, you may have a confusing double decision. But, what are these, how do they affect your car, and which is the right one for you? Let’s take a look.

4WD vehicle drivetrains power all four wheels of the car. However, the vehicle often remains in rear-wheel drive and only turns into a 4-wheel drive car in order to handle challenging road conditions. 

In the 2WD, the vehicle drivetrain system sends power only to two wheels of the car. If the power is sent to the front wheels, the vehicle is called a Front Wheel Drive. But when the power is sent to the rear wheels of the car, it is called Rear Wheel Drive. 

For excursions on light-duty, off-pavement, the all-wheel drive will be fine. But if you want a car that can be driven in an off-road situation (or severe snow), then you should pick the car with four-wheel drive that also comes with plenty of ground clearance. Also, remember that both the 4WD and AWD designs will add considerable load to the car that compromising the fuel economy.

We hope this helps.! If you are buying a preowned vehicle make sure to have a pre-purchase inspection. This not only will tell you the condition of the vehicle but can be used as a negotiating tool. Ray & Dana’s offers this service and best of all our reports are digital. We send them directly to your phone or email with pictures or videos of our findings. Call us at 732-388-4939 for any questions or availability.