What Exactly is the Difference Between All-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive?

When describing all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive and contrasting the two, you have to look into the function of each, and then you will be able to describe the difference. They both have the function of empowering all four wheels of a vehicle to function, thus increasing the traction of the vehicle.

Four-wheel-drive is probably the best known and more people are familiar with it because it has been available for a number of years. It utilizes a split differential and a lower gear setting to accomplish its function. It is found in pickup trucks and the more oversized off-road SUVs. It is used primarily for off-road and rugged terrain driving.

The all-wheel-drive system is designed for driving on paved roadways. It sends a steady source of power to each wheel with allowances for additional torque if there are road conditions that require it. Vehicles that use this system are high-performance vehicles, sedans, and crossovers.

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