All-Wheel-Drive vs. Four-Wheel-Drive: Which One is Right for Me?

What's the Difference Between AWD and 4WD?

When you're shopping for a used car (or any car!), traction should always be on the brain. Even a powerful vehicle can struggle with bad road conditions if it's not properly equipped.

The best equipment to help you muscle through? A good all-wheel-drive our four-wheel-drive traction system! The team at Village Auto can tell you more about 4WD and AWD. Better yet? We'll help find used models that come equipped with the traction control you want.

Let our Green Bay experts fill in the blanks and guide you toward the capable used model you deserve.

What is All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)?

All-wheel-drive is a traction system designed to offer automatic traction control. It uses onboard computers that monitor your vehicle's relationship to the road. If the AWD system detects that your tires are slipping, it will adjust the power so the wheels that need the most help get it.

The big advantage of all-wheel-drive is that it's automatic. Generally, unless you turn it off, it's always on and something you don't need to think about. It will kick in when you need it to, and you can go about your day.

What is Four-Wheel-Drive (4WD)?

Unlike all-wheel-drive, 4WD tends to be activated manually. You'll need to make your own judgments about the road and decide for yourself if you want to turn the system on.

There are reasons why you might not want to. Four-wheel-drive does use more fuel, for instance. That being said, with 4WD active, all four of your tires will be working at full power. This can help you muscle through the harsh conditions and off-roading terrain.


Which All-Terrain Package Option is Right for Me?

Both AWD and 4WD have distinct advantages. If you're an Oconto or Appleton driver with more casual needs, all-wheel-drive might be the right choice for you. It provides additional support for rough roads and takes some of the stress out of your commute.

Four-wheel-drive can, in turn, is more useful for Manitowoc and Wausau drivers who intend to do more with their vehicles. If you're looking for something to support you when you go off-road or if you routinely drive in harsher terrains and weather conditions, 4WD might be the best choice for your needs. It might require a little more manual attention, but its higher performance can't be matched.

Find Used AWD and 4WD Models at Village Auto Today

Would you like to know more about the AWD and 4WD models available for sale in your area. Reach out to the sales team at Village Auto today. Our used truck inventory includes a wealth of big trucks equipped with powerful traction control options.

These pre-owned models are equipped to serve your needs on the road, off-road the road, and in your budget.

Contact Village Auto Today to Learn More

Do you have questions about all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive? Would you like to know more about the AWD and 4WD-equipped models available for sale at Village Auto in Green Bay and Oconto? Reach out and contact our sales team anytime.

We work with drivers all over the Appleton and Manitowoc areas, and we'd love the opportunity to help you find a used model that feels right for your drive. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us and learn more about the used models waiting for you at our dealership.

We work hard to be a used vehicle resource for our Wausau customers. We'd love the opportunity to be your used vehicle resource, too.

  1. Village Auto Inc.

    1650 Velp Ave
    Green Bay, WI 54303

    • Sales: (920) 499-9049
  2. Village Auto of Oconto

    5660 Hwy 41
    Oconto, WI 54153

    • Sales: (920) 835-9049
  3. Village Auto On Hwy 29

    4637 Milltown Rd
    Green Bay, WI 54313

    • Sales: (920) 865-3085
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