What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

It’s about time to get into a new car, but you’ve been seeing different options for performance, such as front-wheel and rear-wheel drivetrains. Front-wheel drive (FWD) means that the car is pulled forward. Power is sent to the front wheels via the transmission. In a rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration, it’s the opposite. Power is sent to the back wheels or rear differential via the driveshaft through the transmission. The design is more complicated for rear-wheel drive, but it delivers more horsepower overall.

You can feel the differences when you first accelerate. An FWD vehicle typically won’t jump to accelerate as quickly as an RWD vehicle would. This is why sports cars are always prized for how quickly they can get to 60 mph from an idle position. However, FWD vehicles are far more fuel-efficient and better for people who drive every day. With turbocharged engines, you can still get similar performance to an RWD.

One thing to consider is whether you frequently drive on snowy or icy roads. All-wheel drive may be the best option for you if so. You can see all of these performance options when you come in for a test drive at Truck Town located in Bremerton.

 

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