When you’re looking to purchase a new car, a lot of factors contribute to making your final decision: the car’s engine and transmission, the look and feel of the car, safety ratings, and the kind of drivetrain it has. Front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive offer different options in the way a vehicle drives and handles different road conditions.
FWD means that the engine provides power to the front wheels which propel the car while the rear wheels spin as they follow along. FWD is generally a less expensive option for buyers, as it is better for gas mileage, but still provides decent traction. A great Honda model in our lot that offers FWD is the 2017 Honda Civic.
Opposite of FWD, RWD is when the engine provides power to the rear wheels rather than the front ones. RWD is usually more favorable in performance cars as it handles turns better, as well as in pickup trucks with towing capabilities.
AWD can either be front-wheel or rear-wheel biased, depending on the specific vehicle. AWD sends power to different wheels depending on the driving conditions, so this drivetrain is much more adaptive to weather like rain, sleet, and snow. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes standard with AWD.
In 4WD, all four wheels are constantly engaged, which is optimal for off-roading. Both 4WD and AWD are typically heavier vehicles, which is why gas mileage is slightly lower than a FWD or RWD car.
Whatever drivetrain suits you, here at McCurley Integrity Honda, we have the perfect vehicle for you in our lot. Visit us at our dealership in Richland, WA today!