FWD vs. AWD: Which Is Best for Your New Truck or SUV?

AWD vs FWD Lineup | Spirit Lake, IA

With winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider whether you need front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Which powertrain is right for you?

Vehicles with FWD have with several advantages. First, they’re often more affordable and less complex, which means they’re easier to repair and maintain. Most FWD models are great for driving in town, as they’re designed to save fuel by sending power to just the two front wheels. If you’re driving in dry conditions or light snow, most FWD models will do fine — especially when equipped with anti-lock braking and traction control.

If you need to drive in heavy snow, travel rough roads, or head off the beaten path, AWD is a smart choice. AWD systems work by monitoring wheel spin on all four tires, sending power where it’s needed. While it doesn’t necessarily improve handling, AWD will prevent you from getting stuck and slipping at low speeds. Fuel economy is usually lower with AWD, but it’s also better for driving off-road.

In short, if you’re looking to spend less and you mostly drive in town, consider buying an FWD model. You can always opt for winter tires if you need more traction in Iowa’s snowy conditions. However, if you commonly find that your car has trouble getting traction, an AWD model will save you time and trouble in the long run.

At the dealerships of Motor Inn Auto Group, we stock a wide variety of AWD and FWD vehicles for you to test-drive. Stop in soon at one of our locations to find the ride that’s right for you.

Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

Toyota LQ Concept Car | Spirit Lake, IA

Autonomous driving and artificial intelligence are no longer material from science fiction novels – and Toyota is ready to highlight how much this advancement can improve everyday life.

The Japanese carmaker recently introduced the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. Displayed earlier this year at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, this concept car looks to take the bond between car and driver to an entirely new – and more emotional – level.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

The Toyota LQ combines automated driving options with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to discover the driver’s habits, learn from them, and provide a personalized driving experience for each individual driver. Yui looks to engage the driver in a variety of ways, including interactive voice communications, lighting, fragrances, air conditioning, and in-seat functions that reduce stress and increase the driver’s alertness behind the wheel.

The AI will also choose the music you want to play based on the driving environment, and will even give you real-time information on topics you’re interested in. With this driver-focused, emotion-based AI interface, Toyota is changing the way we think of our vehicles, bringing us into the future of transportation.

For the latest available safety and driving assistance technology from Toyota, visit Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

We Are Thankful for Safety in Our Cars

Thankful For Safety | Ford SUV Safety Features In Iowa

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, there are a lot of things we are thankful for. However, as a car dealership, we are particularly thankful for safety. Here are five modern safety features we love having in our vehicles.

  1. Adaptive Cruise Control. While basic cruise control was great, adaptive cruise control is even better. Most systems will automatically adjust to the speed of the surrounding traffic and will even come to a complete stop, if needed.
  2. All-Wheel Drive. Modern all-wheel drive systems are smart and sophisticated. They can detect changes in traction in fractions of a second to send power to the wheels that need it most. This feature is particularly helpful during Iowa winters.
  3. Automatic Emergency Braking. Systems like this have the potential to avoid or at least reduce the severity of a front-end collision, which could potentially save lives. We all get distracted sometimes and this feature can act as a safeguard.
  4. Rearview Camera. All new cars come standard with a rearview camera. This camera lets you see what is behind while you back up, so you don’t accidentally drive over something.
  5. Blind Spot Warning. Even the most diligent drivers can’t account for things they don’t see. All cars have blind spots and a blind spot warning lets you know when another vehicle is hiding in yours.

Contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, Motor Inn of Algona, Motor Inn of Carroll, Motor Inn of Estherville, or Motor Inn of Knoxville if your vehicle is in need of a service appointment before the holiday travel season begins.