The Pros and Cons of Front-Wheel vs. Rear-Wheel Drive Vehicles

There are a huge number of different factors to consider before purchasing a new car. Power, safety, style and fuel efficiency are obviously important, but you also need to ensure whatever vehicle you choose also suits your driving style and needs. In this sense, it’s also vital that you pay attention to the drivetrain, which is why we’ll now explain the differences between front- and rear-wheel drive to ensure you make the right choice.

On an FWD vehicle, the engine sends all the power to the front wheels, whereas an RWD is obviously powered by the rear wheels. Both types of drivetrains are common, and each has its own advantages and drawbacks.

The advantages of the front-wheel drive are primarily that they tend to provide better fuel efficiency and also improved traction especially on wet, slick or icy roads. Contrast this to rear-wheel drive vehicles, which typically perform much worse in wet conditions but have far better overall handling and are much more durable.

Of course, the only way to know sure which type of drivetrain is best for you is to get behind the wheel. Therefore, don’t hesitate to contact our staff at Quality Mitsubishi if you have any questions or to arrange a test drive.

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