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What’s the Difference Between Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel Drive?

The Difference Between Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive

If you’re new to the car buying experience, you probably have plenty of questions about drivetrains on vehicles. Or, you may have experienced just front-wheel drive options and are thinking about branching out. But what’s the difference between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive? While the name implies the difference, each drivetrain provides unique offerings you should know before purchasing. Matador Motors wants you to know the difference.

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Front-Wheel Drive Offers Inexpensive Options and Optimal Fuel Economy

The most popular drivetrain for everyday cars, front-wheel drive vehicles operate with the transmission shifting the power to the front wheels. This has several benefits to vehicle buyers. First, it is the most affordable drivetrain due to its easier design and simple execution during production. Plus, with the power shifted to the front, it can provide better traction in wet or snowy conditions. However, drivers don’t always receive optimal handling – especially at sharper turns and corners. In more recent years, the drivetrain can also be equipped with all-wheel drive or have features that enhance its performance.

Rear-Wheel Drive Provides Superb Handling, Towing

Meanwhile, Rear-wheel drive models provide several benefits over front-wheel drive options. Many muscle cars and performance vehicles offer rear-wheel drive for their stronger handling and impressive power. The power is distributed through a long driveshaft, traveling farther and being more complicated than front-wheel drive designs. This can make them more expensive. However, Rear-wheel drive vehicles also offer much better towing capacity. This is due to the power being transferred much closer to the trailer, which is where vehicles need the most traction when towing a trailer or boat. A 4X4 System can also be added to rear-wheel drives, much like in Jeep models.

Find a Pre-Owned Vehicle at Matador Motors

As a dealership, Matador Motors offer various drivetrains from front-wheel to rear-wheel and four-wheel options. Personally, if you value fuel economy and cost-effectiveness, a front-wheel model is perfect for you. But if you want a higher-performing vehicle and are willing to sacrifice some traction, a rear-wheel model can be an exciting ride. Stop into our location today near Lubbock, TX to find a pre-owned vehicle today.


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