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What Are the Benefits and Advantages of AWD? 

Is it time for you to find a new car, truck or SUV? Are you looking for a more capable option when faced with inclement weather or poor road conditions? A used car or crossover with all-wheel drive at U.S. Auto Sales may be the right fit for you and your family. Drivers interested in an all-wheel drive vehicle want to know – what are the benefits and advantages of AWD? Find out with this quick overview created by U.S. Auto Sales! 



How Does AWD Work? 

All-wheel drive vehicles provide superior traction in slippery road conditions and improve handling. To upgrade performance, traditional all-wheel drive systems employ a series of differentials to send equal amounts of torque to each wheel – which will improve traction and handling. Intelligent AWD systems use a suite of sensors to distribute torque to select wheels and axles as needed – working only when you need it to. All-wheel drive is available in a pair of basic variants – full-time and part-time (Intelligent AWD).   

White 2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road Rear Exterior on Dirt Trail

Pros and Cons of AWD Vehicles 

PRO: Better Traction on Wet and Snowy Roads  

Do you hate driving in the rain? A used AWD vehicle at U.S. Auto Sales may provide you with a little peace of mind in inclement weather. Armed with all-wheel drive, your vehicle will be able to better gain traction in wet winter conditions and will help you accelerate in poor weather. All-wheel drive is a capable option when faced with rain, snow, ice or mud. 

PRO: Better Acceleration and Handling 

Do you love to hit the accelerator and enjoy a burst of speed around corners? All-wheel drive provides a distinct advantage on dry pavement when you corner at high speeds and will help keep your vehicle glued to the pavement to improve handling. Avoid spinning your tires at high speeds and opt for a pre-owned car or SUV with all-wheel drive.  

CON: Lower Fuel Economy 

There are many benefits to AWD – but that is not to say there are not some drawbacks – even if they are minor. All-wheel drive adds weight and can result in drivetrain power loss – which can translate to lower fuel economy numbers. To combat this issue, many automakers have implemented part-time intelligent AWD systems that operate in all-wheel drive modes only when necessary to maximize your fuel economy.  


READ MORE: Differences Between Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive 


What are the benefits and advantages of AWD? Take a closer look with this quick overview created by U.S. Auto Sales of how AWD works and what its pros and cons may be. Contact the dealership team today to learn more about flexible down payments at U.S. Auto Sales!