What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

With front-wheel drive vehicles, you get more fuel efficiency and lower costs overall. However, you suffer on power and handling. This is because your transmission only sends power to the front wheels, which pulls your car forward. However, in a rear-wheel drive configuration, power is sent to the rear differential, which causes your car to push forward. Most sports cars and power-hungry vehicles need rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive to accelerate fast and tow large trailers.

Rear-wheel drive vehicles are better if you want to accelerate fast, but they also handle better when road conditions are poor, such as during snow and ice seasons. Front-wheel drive vehicles are better for commutes as they use less gas and don’t require a whole lot of power. This is why most compact cars have a front-wheel drivetrain only.

In other cases, you may want to get an all-wheel drive vehicle. These have the most handling and control, and some can be configured for more power using a rear-wheel drive setup. You can test drive all of these options at Southgate Lincoln.

 

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