What is the Difference Between a Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?
It’s recommended to narrow down your expectations when you’re in the market for a new vehicle, but not quite sure what you want, or even what the differences are between types. A front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle each offers benefits and limitations. Decide on what type of road conditions you be traveling, the mileage you plan to travel, and your overall expectations of the vehicle.
The first thing you might notice about an FWD is its economy. These vehicles are a more straightforward design. Its parts and production time is less than an RWD, so you will immediately notice a purchase price savings. It’s also a lighter vehicle, and that will save you on gas. FWD provides much better handling in the rain and snow than an RWD; however, an RWD outperforms the FWD in overall handling. An RWD’s suspension is a sturdier design than that of the FWD, which makes a more durable choice. Hit a hard pothole in an FWD, and you could be facing costly suspension repairs.
We are happy to provide you with a test drive. Stop by our showroom at Parker Johnstone’s Wilsonville Honda and speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff about the right choice for your circumstances.