Learn The Difference Between AWD & 4WD From Ubersox in Platteville, WI

Ubersox of Platteville always has a huge influx of vehicles that flow in and out of our lot! We know that everyone is at a different stage in their life and we try to carry a diversity of vehicles on our lot so that you have options from which to choose. Our RAM dealers are trained professionals who understand the nuances of each vehicle in stock. If you're looking at one of our RAM trucks, it's best to schedule an appointment with one of them so they can walk you through what each vehicle has to offer and so you can get behind the wheel for a test drive. One of the decisions many people struggle with is whether to buy a vehicle with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or Four-Wheel Drive (4WD). Before we talk about which option will best suit your needs, let's talk about the differences between each drivetrain.

As the name implies, AWD feeds power to each wheel of your car. AWD can provide maximum forward traction during acceleration. It's very helpful in sloppy road conditions and when driving over moderate off-road terrain. It can help get you going and keep you moving through mud, sand, and other loose surfaces. Most AWD systems deliver power primarily to one set of wheels, front or rear. When one set of wheels starts slipping, power is diverted to the other set, in hopes of finding more traction there. Although sometimes AWD and 4WD are conflated, there is a difference. Generally, 4WD is best for severe off-road driving situations such as climbing over boulders, fording deep water, and tackling steep hills with loose, low-traction surfaces. Most 4WD systems have high and a low gear range, the low gear range used to increase low-speed climbing power.

Now to decide whether you need AWD or 4WD. Here are a couple questions you can ask yourself to help you narrow down your choice. Do you need a help with light to medium traction and towing? Or are you looking to pull boats and trailers on snowy roads? If you're situation is the former, you might start by looking into AWD. However, if your needs are more similar to the latter, you definitely should check out 4WD. The RAM ProMaster van is equipped with AWD for precise handling, but the 2016 RAM 1500 with 4WD would be perfect for you if speed and control in rougher conditions is necessary.

If you have any questions about AWD and 4WD, please feel free to stop by and talk with a professional at our RAM dealership near Lancaster, WI. We would be happy to sit and talk with you to answer all of your questions. Our goal is to help you find the perfect vehicle, the one that meets all of your needs. We can't wait to meet you!

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