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What are the Pros and Cons of Vehicles with Four-Wheel Drive?

Pros and Cons of Four-Wheel Drive

Are you interested in purchasing a vehicle with four-wheel drive capabilities? If so, then you might be interested in learning about the pros and cons associated with having a vehicle with four-wheel drive equipped! The staff at AutoMax Truck and Car Center in Farmington, NM is very knowledgeable about four-wheel drive systems and is here to show the advantages and disadvantages of 4WD. The AutoMax pre-owned vehicle inventory also features several excellent used 4WD vehicles for you to explore! Now, let’s check out the pros and cons of four-wheel drive together!

Four-Wheel Drive Pros

Four-wheel drive is a completely mechanical system that needs to be manually engaged by the driver. 4WD is primarily utilized on pickup trucks and SUVs for off-road driving purposes. However, it also comes in handy for cold, icy, or snowy conditions. Four-wheel drive offers a number of other excellent advantages in addition to the excellent off-road traction and control. A majority of vehicles with 4WD equipped also have a much higher ground clearance to allow for the vehicle to clear larger objects while driving on rocky, off-road terrain. One of the best aspects of four-wheel drive is that it can be simply disengaged to allow for improved fuel economy.

Exterior view of a 4WD SUV driving though the desert spitting up sand all around the vehicle

Four-Wheel Drive Cons

While there are a number of excellent pros concerning four-wheel drive, a few cons do still exist as well. One major con is that the system should not be used on dry pavement. Unlike the similar all-wheel drive system, four-wheel drive is not always engaged and needs to be manually engaged when needed. Similarly, 4WD is not suitable for all driving conditions. Four-wheel drive is primarily used for off-road or poor traditional driving conditions like snow, mud, or rain. Finally, the last major con of four-wheel drive is the added weight associated with the system reduces fuel economy when in use. Feel free to contact our staff at AutoMax Truck and Car Center for more specific details today!


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