All Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive? That IS the Question!

Congratulations, you’ve decided to buy a new car! Whether you do it on a frequent basis or this is your first new car in ten years, one thing about the process never changes: making decisions. Make, model and color are all the easy choices – it’s when you get down to the nitty gritty that you may start feeling overwhelmed. A decision that many people face during this process is whether to get All Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive on their new vehicle. Some have a go-to that they’re comfortable with; others truly don’t know the difference between the two. If you’re the latter, keep reading! We’re here to help.

snowdrivingEven though it may sound relatively self-explanatory, it helps to have it all laid out. Front Wheel Drive vehicles have the engine’s power routed directly and only to the front two wheels of your car. This is the cheaper option and it also saves space since there’s no need for a driveshaft. All wheel drive gives power to all corners of your car, providing better traction. This is typically the more expensive option. To decide which one is best for you, it helps to look at your normal driving conditions alongside your budget and style of driving.

Due to weight, Front Wheel Drive is said to have better fuel economy than All Wheel Drive. AWD vehicles are usually heavier and less aerodynamic, causing them to work harder and burn fuel at a much faster rate. If you have a long commute to work or generally spend a lot of time behind the wheel, you can expect to spend more at the pump with an AWD vehicle. However, if you find yourself on a lot of snowy roads or rugged terrain, it could be worth the extra money. They have excellent traction so you’re less likely to get stuck in inclement weather during those rough winter months.

Front Wheel Drive vehicles are lighter, cost less money and are much better on gas. Its economy is one of its main advantages – it’s cheaper all the way around. You’ll pay less when you purchase the vehicle and you’ll definitely pay less at the pump, which makes it ideal for the driver who racks up the miles. Since the engine’s weight is positioned over the front wheels, FWD vehicles are said to have better traction when climbing hills. At the very least, they’re great for every day driving and they’ll save you some money. If you don’t typically encounter rough roads aside from the occasional snowfall, you’re pretty safe with FWD.


Since New Jersey winters can be pretty tough, many people are concerned that AWD vehicles are the only way to go. While they can certainly help, the important thing to remember is that in any slippery condition, it’s important to take it slow and proceed with caution.

If you’re still unsure about which option is right for you, just take a close look at your every day driving habits. If you need a little extra help throughout your daily travels, AWD may be your best bet. If your trips are typically smooth and unproblematic, FWD could be your better choice. Of course, our sales team is always available to answer any additional questions you may have. We’re proud to offer a great selection of Front Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive vehicles at all Lester Glenn locations!

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