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What are the Differences Between FWD and RWD?

Front-Wheel Drive vs Rear-Wheel Drive Comparison

When shopping for a vehicle, you’ll have a few different drivetrain options to choose from. Two drivetrains you will likely encounter are front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD). What are the differences between FWD and RWD? Which one should I choose? At U.S. Auto Sales, we will explore the advantages of each drivetrain so you can feel confident in your choice.

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Advantages of Front-Wheel Drive

Front-wheel drive, aka FWD, offers numerous advantages to drivers. First, it is one of the most affordable drivetrain options available for drivers. If you are on a budget and need a reliable vehicle, FWD is a recommended drivetrain to consider. Another big benefit to driving a car with FWD is fuel economy. Vehicles with FWD tend to offer better fuel economy than others with drivetrains like all-wheel drive (AWD). Also, since the weight of the engine is on top of the front two wheels, vehicles with FWD offer impressive traction to the ground.

So, what’s the disadvantage of FWD? Some car enthusiasts will say that this drivetrain isn’t as exciting to drive as others since the front wheels are responsible for both steering and pulling the car. FWD is a great option for drivers looking for a well-rounded experience and need a vehicle they can count on.

Advantages of Rear-Wheel Drive

Vehicles with rear-wheel drive (RWD) have engine power sent to the rear two wheels to push the vehicle forward. The biggest reason why drivers choose RWD is due to being exciting to drive thanks to an even balance of weight. As a result, you can find many sports cars and coupes equipped with RWD.

The downside of RWD is that this drivetrain doesn’t handle slippery roads well. Vehicles with RWD are more prone to slipping on wet roads due to less traction. RWD vehicles are recommended for drivers that live in areas that don’t frequently see rain or snow and are looking for a sportier driving experience.

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Can’t decide which drivetrain or vehicle you should consider? Contact us at U.S. Auto Sales and we will help you explore various pre-owned vehicles with FWD and RWD. We’re always happy to help!