Front Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive?

March 5th, 2010

What’s the difference? Well front wheel drive is where the engine only drives the front wheels. Rear wheel drive is where the engine is in the front of the vehicle (obviously), but the wheels that are being driven are found in the back. I know, I know; it’s so hard to understand – but try keeping up, kay?

Let’s study some facts of the FWD:

  • It’s lighter in weight which means better gas mileage.
  • It doesn’t cost as much considering it has fewer parts to it.
  • Left-Foot Braking is an option available with FWD.
  • Lack of weight shifting can cause your car to either pull to the left or the right when you accelerate.
  • They tend to lose traction quickly under low traction conditions.
  •  Now let’s take a look at RWD:

  • The weight is distributed evenly in the vehicle.
  • The weight transfers when you’re speeding up which refines traction.
  • Since the weight is evenly distributed, this causes for better braking.
  • When you accelerate too much, this can cause oversteer or fishtailing. 
  • When you drive on sand, ice, or snow, RWD loses it’s traction advantageousness.
  • The Mazda 3 wheels & the Toyota Camry rims are both models that include Front Wheel Drive. The Chevy Camaro rims , GM Wheels, & some Ford models also include rear wheel drive. Which one will you choose?

    Think about it (:


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