AWD vs 4WD: What is the difference?
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The preferred on-road option
What Is AWD?
If you’re going to compare all-wheel drive (AWD) to anything, it’s more accurate to think of it as an upgrade over front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. While AWD has the ability to send power to all four tires at the same time (perfect for when rain or snow make gaining or keeping traction a challenge), it also has the ability to shift to two-wheel drive. This dynamic awareness means your vehicle can prioritize fuel economy when driving conditions are good, and compensate accordingly when they’re not.
Because of its utility on both good roads and in bad weather, most modern, passenger-first vehicles – such as sedans, crossovers and SUVs – will come equipped with AWD.
INFINITI’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system – found in INFINITI models like the QX50, QX55 and QX60 – functions a bit differently. It monitors wheel spin and throttle position in addition to vehicle speed, which allows it to diverts up to 50 percent of available power to the front wheels. This translates to enhanced grip when you need it most. And when the system senses that all-wheel drive isn’t required, it sends 100 percent of the power to your rear wheels for more responsive road performance.
Deciding between AWD and 4WD
If you’re still not sure which one is right for you, try considering them as part of a fuller package. INFINITI has two models in particular worth considering, largely because they both champion their respective drive modes so well.