What All-Wheel Drive Vehicle Should You Upgrade To?

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Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

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It is time to upgrade your car. Maybe you own an older model, either rear wheel drive (RWD) or front wheel drive (FWD). Maybe you only have a bike or a motorcycle. Either way, you should consider an all wheel drive car. All wheel drive (AWD) is a new kind of drive system. 

Four wheel drive (4WD) systems rely on a locking mechanical differential, and use more fuel since the wheels divide up the energy going to the drive train, and each division means losing some power overall. FWD systems are great for most conditions and do save some fuel, but they tend to something called torque steer, which is when the torque of the engine causes the steering wheel to jerk one way or the other. RWD is fun, but can be useless in bad weather. While RWD can be solved with proper tires, most people don't have the wherewithal to change their tires every season, so AWD is the answer.

AWD systems use a computer to direct power to the wheels as needed to give the car traction and keep it moving in the right vector. Some even have torque vectoring, which helps in turns by powering the wheels on one side to make a turn faster. AWD is also the system used by many electric cars. So which model is right for you? Take the quiz and find out!

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