What is the Difference Between a Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?

Each type of vehicle has its benefits and limitations. Deciding between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle depends on what you need and expect in an automobile. You should base your decision on the amount of driving you’ll be doing and under what conditions.

A FWD, for example, provides you with an economical choice. It’s a more straightforward design that involves the engine and the drivetrain placed in the front of the vehicle. It requires fewer parts. As a result, it’s less expensive to produce and lighter than a RWD. That’s a savings enjoyed by the consumer. You will also appreciate the traction provided by a FWD in a storm. Although a RWD offers better handling on the whole, a FWD is where you want to be on slick surfaces. RWD is also the sturdier choice of the two. Hitting a large pot hole in a FWD is sure to incur a costly repair, while the same will barely phase a RWD.

The next time you’re in Medford, stop by Lithia Toyota of Medford and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff in further detail. We’d be happy to answer any questions and offer you a test drive.

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