AWD vs. 4WD: What’s the Difference?

April 29th, 2019 by

AWD vs. 4WD: What's the Difference?

AWD vs. 4WD: What’s the Difference?

When deciding to purchase or lease a new crossover or SUV, there are many decisions to make. One of the most important decisions you will make when picking out your new vehicle is the drivetrain, such as AWD or 4WD. Both options have their benefits depending on the terrain you plan on frequently driving on and the climate you live in. It is important to understand these drivetrain options in order to make the best decision. Continue reading to learn about the difference between AWD vs. 4WD today.  

All-Wheel Drive

AWD systems power the two front and two rear wheels all the time. This system greatly improves traction on the road, which is very important when driving on ice or snow covered roads. For example, if two of the wheels are stuck or the opposite situation of slipping, all four wheels will be powered to turn. As a driver, you can feel assured knowing that AWD systems do all the thinking and adjusting for you when on the road. This drivetrain system is available in a wide variety of cars, SUVs and trucks, such as: Nissan Altima, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Rogue Sport, Nissan Murano and Nissan Armada.

Four-Wheel Drive

With 4WD, the power from the engine goes to all four wheels at the same time, when the driver commands the system. Most drivers choose vehicles with 4WD if they live in cold climates where it snows, take frequent trips up to the mountains in the winter, or enjoy offroading excursions. 4WD vehicles are not only versatile, but have the power to handle any type of road terrain or weather condition. This drivetrain system is available in large trucks and SUVs, such as: Nissan Titan XD, Nissan Titan, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Armada and Nissan Pathfinder.


Do you want to learn more about AWD vs. 4WD? Our sales team would be happy to discuss the benefits of each drivetrain and help you decide which would be better for your driving needs. Come visit us! Our dealership, Future Nissan of Roseville, is located in the Roseville Automall conveniently located off of the I80 Eureka Road exit.