All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive: What Should You Choose?

April 21st, 2016 by

If you have been searching for a new crossover SUV or full-size SUV and trying to make the best choice for your specific performance demands, there’s a good chance that you have run across all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options among different models. At first glance, it would appear that these are the same kind of drivetrain, but it turns out there are some notable differences to consider. Do your research on all-wheel drive vs. four-wheel drive before deciding on your next Land Rover SUV from Land Rover Fort Myers.

Four-Wheel Drive

Those hoping to take serious off-road trekking excursions will find that there’s really no replacement for a four-wheel drive system. A genuine 4WD system like those found on many Land Rover SUVs—from the Land Rover Range Rover to the Land Rover LR4—send power from the transmission to a transfer case, where it is then split up between the front and rear axles to deliver maximum torque to all four wheels. When you find yourself in seriously compromising weather or terrain conditions, in particular, nothing tops four-wheel drive.

All-Wheel Drive

All-wheel drive is a more modern invention, and it works by splitting power between the front and rear axles. In general, all-wheel drive is always engaged. You’ll find it on models like the Land Rover Discovery Sport. While AWD systems are great for enhanced handling in inclement weather and dealing with light to moderate off-road conditions, they lack the force of a full-time four-wheel drive system for off-road sporting.

The Land Rover Advantage

While you’ll find that a number of manufacturers offer crossovers and SUVs with all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options, few stand up against the Land Rover brand, which has some of the most highly capable SUVs in the industry today. Many different Land Rover models handle off-roading and difficult terrain with incredible ease thanks to things like two-speed transfer faces and a Terrain Response system that gives you specific settings for General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Sand, Mud/Ruts, and Rock Crawl.

Find out which of the Land Rover SUVs is right for you by taking a test drive at Land Rover Fort Myers. Our sales team is standing by ready to help you and answer any questions.