What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

One of the most essential features to check when buying a car is the drivetrain. There are three types of configurations including front-wheel drive (FWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), and all-wheel drive (AWD). Most compact vehicles and sedans come with FWD because it’s cheaper to create and better on gas mileage. However, it’s not the most powerful option.

Rear-wheel drive delivers power by pushing the car forward. Power shifts from the engine to the transmission and down the driveshaft to the rear differential. This is why sports cars typically have a rear-wheel drive configuration. However, many new vehicles come standard with AWD simply because it offers more handling, power, and control. You can even customize the configuration to have more fuel efficiency or sports power with certain all-wheel drive technology.

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