If you visit our showroom, you’ll be introduced to an array of RAM, Jeep®, Chrysler, and Dodge vehicles ranging from rugged pickups and SUVs to sleek and stylish sedans. What you may notice though, is that some vehicles sport an AWD or 4WD drivetrain. Plenty of our customers at Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Plymouth want to know what the difference is, and in this article, we’ll settle the long-had debate of which is superior.

Beneath every great car is a powerful drivetrain. Between front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive, it’s easy to say that there are a lot of options to choose from. However, off-road enthusiasts and avid campers, often have their gazes set on all-wheel-drive (AWD) and four-wheel-drive (4WD) drivetrains. Both options provide power to all four wheels, yet each one excels at a certain kind of driving.

Take the AWD drivetrain for instance. As the name kind of implies, all-wheel-drive trains provide power to all four wheels all of the time. As a result, you don’t have to engage with the system to activate it, as it remains on at all times. However, you won’t gain the kind of traction control that you will from a 4WD drivetrain. AWD drivetrains truly excel at light off-roading or taking on rough road conditions like rain or snow.

4WD, on the other hand, is the better choice of the avid off-roader. Like AWD, 4WD sends torque to all four wheels, however, 4WD systems are much beefier than their automated counterparts. As a result, drivers can take on the rugged terrain of the outdoors with ease, and even blow through obstacles like packed snow and shallow water.

So, which is better? Well, it all comes down to your driving preferences. Fortunately when you visit our Dodge, RAM, Chrysler, and Jeep dealership you’ll find a wide variety of both AWD and 4WD vehicles. At Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Plymouth, we’ll set you up with a drivetrain that matches every aspect of your automotive needs.