All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive

We know that many of the drivers who visit our Honda dealership near Los Angeles, CA are looking for a car that's ready for just about anything. Whether you need to go off-road or handle tough road conditions, we offer a reliable Honda car that won't let you down. When you're looking for a capable model, you probably want an all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle. But did you know that there are significant differences between these two options? Depending on what you need out of your vehicle, one may prove more useful than the other.

The Difference between AWD and 4WD

The biggest selling point of an all-wheel drive system is its versatility. It can be found in sedans as well as smaller SUVs and crossovers, like the Honda CR-V. The main benefit of an all-wheel drive system is that it's always on. Suddenly encounter some rough road conditions? A vehicle with all-wheel drive is ready to handle it, without the need for extra input from a driver. Both four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive systems can also give your vehicle better acceleration in rough weather.

A four-wheel drive system commonly needs to be activated by the driver, but it also offers its share of advantages. A four-wheel drive vehicle like the 2017 Honda Ridgeline can handle a wide variety of terrain. It can also offer better traction and towing performance. One of these systems makes sure that each wheel is getting the maximum amount of torque, and the extra power makes it far easier to climb over just about anything.

Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

Both systems offer some advantages in different conditions. A car that comes equipped with an all-wheel drive system is better equipped to handle winter weather or a road with intermittent bad conditions. Since this system doesn't require the press of a button to activate, it's better suited to situations where quick adaptation is necessary.

On the other hand, if you frequently drive on unpaved roads or try to tackle some tough off-road conditions, you might get more use out of a four-wheel drive vehicle. While it's not always on like an all-wheel drive system, you'll be happy that you have it available once your SUV or truck is handling trails that would force other cars to turn around.

Whether you're looking for a vehicle that can handle just about anything or you just have some more questions about all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems, visit Keyes Honda in Van Nuys today. We'll make it easy to find the perfect car that suits your lifestyle and driving needs. We hope to see you soon for a test drive!