All-Wheel Drive vs Four-Wheel-Drive: What's the Difference?

When it comes to maximizing traction control, especially in adverse weather, drivers often turn to four-wheel and all-wheel drivetrains, which maximize power to all four wheels to help keep the vehicle stable on a variety of terrains. Some will use these terms interchangeably, but you will notice a key difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel on all cars. Most of our new and used Subaru models art Dahl Subaru come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, but Wisconsin drivers may still wish to know what this drivetrain has to offer which others do not. Let us give you an overview of what each can offer, so you can decide if a new Subaru is right for you. You will find Dahl Subaru conveniently located less than 40 minutes outside of Sparta, WI here in La Crosse.

Four-Wheel Drive

While none of our new Subaru models offer this drivetrain, the four-wheel-drive has its benefits, especially when off-roading. Through the four-wheel drive, the engine sends a limited amount of power to all four tires, and the wheel with the most traction will receive the most torque. This boost of traction helps prevent your pickup truck or SUV from getting stuck in snow, mud, or sandy roads. However, four-wheel drive stands at a disadvantage during regular driving on the road as it attempts to engage all four wheels at similar speeds when activated. While this helps to boost traction off-road, it can make cornering and steering around tight corners more difficult and awkward.

All-Wheel Drive

On the other hand, all-wheel drive (especially Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive) makes everyday road driving in Onalaska simple. Our special all-wheel drivetrain works full-time to deliver responsive traction control in all weather conditions and road conditions. If you attempt to make a hard left turn, the system will concentrate power evenly to the wheels to prevent slipping and keep you straight on the right track. Just like with four-wheel drive, the Subaru Symmetrical AWD system sends power to the wheels with the most traction when it detects wheel slippage. However, the system also maintains lighter traction control on smooth roads to keep the vehicle stable and save energy.

The biggest disadvantage with all-wheel drive? It cannot be controlled manually by the driver in Holmen as a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

Test Drive a Subaru Today

Drivers will find a great many more benefits to Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, which comes standard on almost all new Subaru models and available on most pre-owned ones. However, many of our off-brand used cars and trucks offer four-wheel drive just in case you wish to take advantage of this drivetrain for your next outdoor adventure. Schedule a test drive and visit us today in La Crosse, WI, at Dahl Subaru!

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