Comparison: AWD vs. FWD

March 21st, 2018 by

2018 Honda Accord Driving

Wondering which one is better – AWD vs. FWD? With the winter weather in West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills, and Southfield, you need to know. When you consider all-wheel drive vs. front-wheel drive, both have big benefits. And thanks to technology, vehicles with all-wheel drive, like the efficient Honda Ridgeline, and front-wheel drive are better than ever.

AWD: Pros and Cons

All-wheel drive means the power from the engine goes to all four wheels, not just the front. If one wheel starts to slip, the other wheels compensate, providing a major traction advantage in snow, ice, and challenging terrain. The downsides are that AWD vehicles are more expensive, and the location of transmission equipment underneath the car can take away legroom in the rear seats.

FWD: Pros and Cons

Engine power goes directly to the just the front wheels in a front-wheel drive car, which is lighter, simpler, and less expensive than AWD to buy and maintain. FWD vehicles also get better gas mileage than AWD vehicles and don’t have the legroom issue. But even with anti-lock brakes and systems for traction and stability control, FWD vehicles don’t have the superior traction for off-roading or bad weather.

Perform Your Own Comparison

Visit Tamaroff Honda to test drive AWD vs. FWD vehicles today!