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.

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