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Which Kind of Drivetrain Is Better: Front, Rear, or 4-Wheel

When choosing a car, you need to decide on the transmission system. There are all-wheel, front-wheel, and rear-wheel drivers. All of them have good sides and bad ones that you need to know about.

5-Minute Crafts has prepared an article for you with a description of all the advantages and disadvantages of all kinds of drives.

What FWD, RWD, AWD, and 4WD are

FWD (front-wheel-drive) is a kind of transmission where the power of the engine is on the front wheels that pull the car. The rear wheels rotate because the car is going forward.

RWD (rear-wheel drive) is when the engine rotates the back wheels. More racecars have RWD.

AWD or 4WD is 4-wheel drive. Both names are the same. A popular American magazine Motor Trend uses the term 4WD for systems that are designed for off-road conditions. And AWD is the system that can still be enabled on high-traction roads.

Advantages and disadvantages of FWD



  • Tires need to be changed more often.
  • An increased tilt of the front part makes the control worse.
  • Despite better traction, the control of the car during turns is not as good, especially at higher speeds.

Advantages and disadvantages of RWD


  • The weight of the car is distributed more evenly, the car is better balanced.
  • Easier to control, especially when braking and turning on a dry road.
  • If you drive into a curb, you will probably not damage anything.
  • The acceleration on a straight road is better.


  • Less traction with the road in bad weather.
  • The cost of this a car is higher than a car with FWD.
  • The lead wheel is on the back where the car doesn’t weigh as much.

Advantages and disadvantages of AWD and 4WD


  • Inherent traction advantage in all conditions, especially accelerating through turns and as engine power approaches or exceeds a level that can overwhelm 2 driven tires.
  • Smooth acceleration on a slippery road.


  • It’s impossible to improve braking and making turns in the snow.
  • Heaviness of the car affects acceleration and fuel costs.
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