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All-Wheel Drive vs Four-Wheel Drive

If you’re in the market for a vehicle to off-road in – or just one that can handle our harsh Illinois winters – you’ve probably been looking at drivetrains. Many of the Hyundai models at O'Brien Hyundai of Normal are making the switch from four-wheel drive (4WD) to all-wheel drive (AWD), although both are useful when dealing with harsh or slippery terrains.


The Difference between AWD and 4WD

Both AWD and 4WD deliver power to all four wheels of the vehicle and can actually be hard to distinguish between. Plus, both can be used all the time or only when necessary. When people used to think of driving off-road, they always wanted 4WD. It is often used for rugged trucks and ideal when you do a lot of towing or hauling since it delivers extra torque to all four wheels. However, SUVs started to incorporate 4WD for adventurers everywhere who wanted to get off the beaten path.

More recently, manufacturers have started to see that AWD can also deliver off-road performance. Plus, since AWD is lighter in weight, it can also keep the vehicles fuel-efficient. In fact, in recent years, Hyundai models have been transitioned from 4WD to AWD. Therefore, it’s more common to find 4WD on pre-owned Hyundai vehicles.


Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

There are lots of options for Hyundai vehicles with AWD, including the 2019 Hyundai Kona and 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe. More and more Hyundai models have started to incorporate AWD, at least as an option, to make sure that power is being delivered to the appropriate wheels for maximum traction on even the iciest roads. This way, you know that have better control and handling all year long.

Want to see just how much AWD can improve your driving experience? We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, although we think getting behind the wheel is your best answer. Visit our Hyundai dealership near Springfield, IL at 600 Greenbriar Drive in Normal, IL for a few test drives. You’ll be amazed at the difference and excited to put it to the test.