BUYING A CAR IN 2017
(WITHOUT HAVING HEADACHES IN 2018)
It was about 35 years ago when just about
everything made in
Deciding on front/FWD -, rear/RWD -, or four-wheel drive
(4WD)/All Wheel Drive (AWD) - may sound like a major decision, but itís easier
than most decisions.† If you drive in
snow or mud more than just a little, you should look more towards front or four
wheel drive vehicles.† With the weight
over the drive wheels (or all wheels) and the heavy end in front, they are
easier to make headway with.† Problem
with rear engine and rear wheel drive is that with the heavy end in back, when
you lose traction, the back end will tend to try to pass the front end.† Heavy snow or mud will dictate 4 wheel drive
The difference between 4WD and AWD is that 4WD is a manually selected system, mostly used on trucks, usually involves low range option and has the ability to actually lock the wheels together such that they all turn at the same time.† AWD is normally a computer selected system such that the vehicle remains in 2 wheel drive unless the computer senses slippage.† It will then engage the other two wheels.
If you tow a boat, the rear drive vehicles will more easily
pull the boat out of the water than front wheel drive since the trailerís
weight and the incline of the launch ramp help hold down the tow vehicle's rear
wheels for traction.† Four wheel drive or
† DRAGGING A LOADED BOAT TRAILER UP AN INCLINED .......... WET ......
DRAGGING A LOADED BOAT TRAILER UP AN INCLINED .......... WET ...... BOAT RAMP
4WD and AWD are great in lousy weather and just about anywhere else, but you sacrifice gas mileage, and maintenance costs are significantly higher than front or rear wheel drive vehicles.† Not only are there more things to go wrong and gas mileage is worse, but, also, the front end alignment people are absolutely lying in wait for you.† Also, with a four wheel drive system, all maintenance that has to do with getting under the vehicle will cost more due either to the necessity of working on the greater number of parts required for four wheel drive or to getting those parts out of the way.
Of course, driving a four wheel drive Porsche Carrera 4, Audi AWD, Subaru WRX, or Lamborghini Aventador might just be fun with more control mixed in.
If you drive in a desert city and do not tow a trailer, it does not really matter which you choose.