A Guide to AWD vs. FWD

A Guide to AWD vs. FWD 

A Guide to AWD vs. FWD with Erin Mills Acura

Wheel drives are standard and integral parts of your vehicle's performance. Among the four common types of wheel drive systems, the front-wheel drive (FWD) configuration is the most commonly seen in modern vehicles, while all-wheel drive (AWD) is another popular option, and for good reason. At Erin Mills Acura, you'll find both wheel systems among our new inventory, and we're here to fill you in on the difference between them, whether you're based in our home of Mississauga, Ontario or beyond.


As its name would suggest, front-wheel drive delivers power to the front axle and wheels and comes standard in most models, including performance sedans. Not only does this wheel system give power to the rear axle when needed for enhanced fuel efficiency, it also offers excellent performance when you're headed uphill or braving less welcoming conditions and surfaces like mud and rain-soaked roads.

All-wheel drive, by comparison, powers each of your vehicle's axles, and unlike four-wheel drive, this system adjusts and redistributes power to your axles according to your driving needs and conditions. In other words, this wheel drive option ensures that you always enjoy a surefooted, stable ride and is adaptable to various surfaces and requirements.

As for which of these two wheel drives you should choose, it's best to assess your greatest needs and your daily driving habits first. If you often drive under normal conditions, or even in light rain or snow, front-wheel drive is a more than reliable option. On the other hand, those who usually have to brave rougher conditions, extreme weather, or lighter off-road conditions are better off with an all-wheel drive system.

Luckily, our fleet of new Acura models includes both these popular wheel drives, and we'll be happy to fill you in with the particulars on any vehicle of your choosing. Contact us at Erin Mills Acura today for further details.

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