What is Front-Wheel Drive vs. Rear-Wheel Drive?

If you're relatively new to buying a vehicle, you've probably heard the terms "front-wheel drive" and "rear-wheel drive" without knowing exactly what they mean. There are some significant differences between front-wheel drive vehicles and rear-wheel drive vehicles, and we're going to break some of those differences down so you can make the most informed decision when you buy your next car.

Front-Wheel Drive

A front-wheel drive vehicle is pulled by its front wheels, which does have plenty of advantages. The first is that front-wheel drive vehicles are cheaper to build and maintain, so buying one might save you a little bit of money. They also usually have better gas mileage than rear-wheel drive vehicles, and they usually perform better in bad weather.

The problems with front-wheel drive cars is that they're very nose-heavy, which makes them harder to handle at higher speeds. They are also relatively fragile and can take some serious damage if you hit a pothole or something else in the road that could damage your front axle.

Rear-Wheel Drive

Rear-wheel drive vehicles rely on their real wheels to push them. These cars are generally heavier, more powerful, and more balanced than front-wheel drive cars. All of this makes it easier for these cars to handle at higher speeds. They are also less susceptible to damage if you hit a pothole since it's the front axle that tends to be damaged in these situations. The big drawback to having a rear-wheel drive car is that it doesn't have as much traction if you drive in snow or heavy rain, so you probably are better off with a front-wheel drive car if you live someplace that experiences harsh winters.

For more information about the differences between front and rear-wheel drive and to find out which option is best for you, contact Tony Hyundai Waipio today.
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