Front-Wheel vs. Rear-Wheel Drive: What’s the Difference?

There are several choices you’ll make when buying a new car. You’ll also want to consider if you want a front-wheel drive or a rear-wheel drive system. If you’re not sure which of those two-wheel drive systems is best, you’re not alone. The good news is that there isn’t one catch-all answer; it depends on the conditions you’ll be driving in.

The benefit of a two-wheel drive is that it offers better traction than rear wheel drive when traversing inclines or slippery road conditions because power goes to the front two wheels—and the weight of the engine and transmission are balanced directly on top of the front wheels, reducing spin. Alternately, rear-wheel drive vehicles have more rear-wheel traction in dry conditions, which allows for fast acceleration given the initial transfer of weight toward the back of the vehicle when taking off.

To research each option, visit us at Paul’s Volvo in Hawthorne, NJ for a test drive.

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