4×4 vs. AWD: What’s the Difference?

When looking for a vehicle that can handle rough terrain and inclement weather with ease, you may have come across the terms “4×4” and “AWD.” While both systems are similar, there are a few important distinctions between the two. Let’s compare 4×4 vs. AWD systems to see which option is best for your Blue Springs drives.

The Basics of 4×4 Systems

While you may see the terms 4×4 and all-wheel drive used interchangeably, they are not quite the same. You may also be wondering about the difference between 4×4 vs. 4WD. 4×4, or 4WD, typically refers to systems that have been optimized for challenging off-road driving. If your vehicle has been designed for tackling steep hills, water fording, or climbing over rocky terrain, it likely has a 4×4 system.

Other common components of a 4×4 system are:

  • High and low gear range
  • Differentials

What is All-Wheel Drive?

AWD systems send power to each corner. AWD is ideal for driving in less than ideal road conditions, such as rain, snow, or ice. It can also be perfect for moderate off-road terrain. For a majority of AWD systems, power is primarily directed at one set of wheels, either the front wheels or the back wheels. If the system detects slippage in one axle, it will then send power to the other axle to gain more traction.

What System Do I Need?

Now that we have compared 4×4 vs. AWD systems, which is right for your driving needs? For most drivers, AWD is more than adequate. AWD can help Independence drivers in inclement weather, and if you don’t plan on doing much off-roading, this will definitely be enough. However, if you plan to take the road less traveled and enjoy an off-road adventure, it may be best to opt for a vehicle with a 4×4 system.

Jeep vehicles offer a variety of 4×4 systems for thrill-seekers in the Blue Springs area:

  • Quadra-Drive® II with rear electronic limited slip differential
  • Quadra-Trac I®4×4 System
  • Quadra-Trac II® 4×4 System
  • Quadra-Trac® SRT® 4×4 System

Find Your Match at Lee's Summit Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram

You now know the basics of 4×4 vs. AWD, so it’s time to find a vehicle that meets your needs and budget. Fortunately, Lee's Summit Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram has a vast selection of vehicles with 4×4 or AWD systems. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will help you determine which vehicle is right for your driving demands. Contact us today to schedule a test drive.

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