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

There are many considerations when determining which vehicle is the right choice for you. It needn’t be an overwhelming experience, however, if you take a little time at the outset to determine which factors matter most to you. A front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle each has benefits and limitations. Think about what you expect in a vehicle, what type of road conditions you’ll mainly be driving in, and how many miles you plan to travel.

A FWD is the most economical choice of the two. Because of its engine and drivetrain assembly combined in the front of the car, it’s more cost-effective to produce. It’s also a lighter assembly, which means fuel efficiency. A FWD provides better handling on slick road surfaces as well. A RWD, however, offers better performance and handling overall. Its suspension design gives you more stability and durability than a FWD. If you hit a pothole or curb in a FWD, you’re likely to incur expensive repairs. The RWD takes it in stride.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss each in more detail. Stop by our showroom at Reed Chevrolet for a test drive from one of our many new models.

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