Should You Buy a Front-Wheel-Drive, Rear-Wheel-Drive or All-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?

Practical front wheel drive, sporty rear wheel drive or rugged all wheel drive? Selecting a new vehicle can be a daunting process, and a vehicle’s drivetrain is no small consideration. Each comes with its own advantages and drawbacks, so we want to help you make the best choice for your lifestyle. Below are the pros and cons of each drivetrain:

Front wheel drive:

FWD vehicles are cheaper to design and build, leading to an often more economical sticker price than RWD and AWD vehicles of the same class. FWD is also lighter, resulting in better gas mileage for bonus savings. FWD also has better traction, especially in inclement weather conditions compared to RWD. The engine/transaxle sits on top of the front wheels, which helps the car get a better grip on slippery roads.

Since the front wheels have to put power to the ground and steer at the same time, they aren’t optimal for handling at high-speeds and high-loads. However, electronic traction control in many newer models greatly ameliorate this problem.

This makes FWD ideal in a starter car for the more economically conscious. It’s an overwhelmingly popular choice for younger and first-time buyers who don’t live in an area with extreme weather conditions. For everyday use, the FWD vehicles is perfect sufficient.

Rear wheel drive:

RWD vehicles have a reputation of being more sporty, and for good reason. The weight of the drivetrain is spread more evenly front-to-rear, leading to better balance and sharper handling. RWD, especially those with a solid axle design is more durable than FWD, and would better stand up to the deep potholes plaguing Edmonton. This could save you lots on maintenance and repairs in the long run.

With its one drawback being poorer handling in inclement weather, the RWD vehicle is ideal for those looking for a sportier feel, driving enjoyment and the occasional oversteer.

All wheel drive:

An AWD vehicle enjoys both performance and traction perks, so it’s perfect for going anywhere, anytime. However, control and convenience comes at a cost. The heftier weight of AWD vehicles means they’ll take longer to accelerate compared to their RWD and FWD counterparts. AWD vehicles often have higher engine power to compensate, though this leads to lower fuel economy.

The higher maintenance and sticker price is worth it for many drivers who prioritize well-rounded performance all year round. It’s a capable vehicle that’s fun to drive and impressive in the Edmonton snow.

Whichever drivetrain you’re leaning towards, West End Nissan has got you covered. We offer a wide selection of excellent front wheel drive, rear wheel drive and all wheel drive vehicles in our inventory. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience or drop by for a test drive!

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