AWD vs 4WD in Edmonton, Alberta

AWD vs 4WD in Edmonton, Alberta

AWD vs 4WD in Edmonton, Alberta

The comparison between AWD and 4WD has been raging for many years. Automotive consumers have wondered which system will best suit their needs. At West Side Acura, we want to make sure you make the right choice because our main goal is your complete satisfaction. Our new vehicle inventory features industry-best vehicles that feature all the technology and safety you need and want. Now let’s find out more about this hotly contested comparison.

Front-Wheel Drive

Front wheel drive, also known as 2WD, is the most frequently used form of drivetrain. It requires fewer parts and allows the front wheels to steer and apply power.


All-wheel drive is a drivetrain configuration that primarily sends power to the front wheels through a differential in modern vehicles. However, through the use of sensors, when power is required, it can distribute it in various ratios to the rear wheels via another differential. There are many different types that have all-wheel-drive systems available to automotive consumers. Unfortunately, this has caused slight confusion, so let’s clear it up. Two of the more popular all-wheel-drive system are full-time AWD and part-time AWD. As the name suggests, full-time AWD sends power to all four wheels in different ratios depending on the current driving condition. While part-time AWD systems monitor many exterior driving conditions and driving behaviour, then decide where to distribute power. It is common to see all-wheel-drive systems vehicles constructed with a unibody frame.


Four-wheel drive, or as it was traditionally known as 4x4, relies on the concept A delivering power to all four wheels all the time. Not only can they send power to the front and rear axles, but they’re also able to transfer torque left and right. 4WD systems haven’t been best-known for their extreme off-road capabilities and are mostly found in vehicles that feature body-on-frame designs. The best example of a 4WD vehicle is a pickup truck.

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There is no doubt that we have a large inventory of AWD Acura’s for sale. But our used vehicle inventory also features 4WD vehicles that are sure to fulfill your needs and wants. So what are you waiting for? Come in and browse our complete inventory. Contact us for more information and our product specialists will be more than happy to help.

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