Drivetrains at Jack Powell Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM
Here at Jack Powell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we love taking our vehicles around the many winding roads and off-road trails around the beautiful Southern California area. Having a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system can help improve the driving experience and we are proud that many of the vehicles in our inventory offer impressive driving systems. Drivetrain jargon can be a bit of confusing, and we hope this quick overview will help break down the basics.
Most passenger cars sold in the U.S. today use a two-wheel-drive system in which the entire drive package—engine, transmission, differential, and the wheels that are driven by the engine—are in the front of the vehicle. This is called front-wheel drive (FWD). Though, some trucks and SUVs have a rear-wheel drive (RWD) system, in which a long driveshaft transmits power from the engine in the front of the vehicle to the driven wheels at the back.
Though, today many vehicles offer advanced drivetrains that help improve the driving experience. With all-wheel drive (AWD) you can accelerate more quickly because the traction will be equally distributed among all four tires. All-wheel drive is a feature that the performance enthusiast should consider, as it improves traction and handling. AWD can also improve handling in poor weather conditions. Therefore, AWD is a feature you would want to consider if you are thinking about purchasing a sportier vehicle, like the Dodge Challenger.
Meanwhile, with four-wheel drive (4WD or 4×4) you get better traction and towing. Four-wheel drive is definitely a feature to consider if you plan on using your vehicle for towing, driving off-road, or driving in snowy or rainy conditions. Many RAM trucks and SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee both have capable 4WD systems that provide optimal control while driving through difficult weather conditions or taking your vehicle off road.