The Different Facets Between 4-Wheel-Drive and All-Wheel Drive


There is some confusion between the terms all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel drive. Which type of multi-wheel-drive you get depends on the type of vehicle and where you intend to use the vehicle.

For years we have heard about 4-wheel-drive, which is primarily used in pickup trucks and larger SUVs. 4-wheel-drive uses lower gearing ratios and differentials that are locking. 4-wheel-drive vehicles are used more in off-road and rough terrain situations.

All-wheel-drive is used in sedans, high-performance cars, and crossovers. In an all-wheel-drive configuration, power is equally supplied to all the wheels, but it can vary depending on pavement condition. All-wheel-drive uses torque vectoring and can adapt to various road conditions immediately. All-wheel-drive is great when you have to travel on the pavement in rainy, snowy, or icy conditions.

If you have more specific questions, you can contact us at Thys Motor Company and we will be happy to go into more detail with you.
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