If you’ve ever shopped for a car, you’ve probably heard the terms “all-wheel drive” (AWD) and “front-wheel drive” (FWD), which are two of several existing drivetrains. The drivetrain is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. With front-wheel drive, only the front wheels are given power, but with all-wheel drive, power can be delivered to all four wheels. Every new Subaru vehicle is equipped with AWD.
AWD is generally considered better for driving in snow and other slippery conditions because its smart systems pick up information on which tires have better traction in a given situation and deliver more power to those. AWD is also more stable around corners. So how are AWD vehicles able to do this?
All-wheel drive vehicles have a center differential that splits power to the front and rear wheels, whereas front-wheel drive, the most commonly available drivetrain, has a differential in front that controls the front wheels. AWD systems also have sensors on the wheels to detect how much traction they have, and the information from the sensors helps the car automatically determine which wheels need the most power.
There are two types of AWD, which include full-time and automatic AWD. With full-time, there are three differentials that send power to all four wheels all the time. In a car with automatic AWD, it will function as a FWD vehicle most of the time besides in low-traction situations when extra power is needed.
We hope this has given you a better understanding of how all-wheel drive works and whether it’s right for you!
The interior of the 2017 Outback is nice and roomy for your carpool!
When it’s your turn to carpool, you will want a car that can do it all. That’s why you should choose Subaru. There are multiple fun and practical Subaru cars for carpooling. Here are some you should consider.
2017 Subaru Forester
You will love the all-new 2017 Forester, especially for your carpooling needs! You get the Subaru name you love with the SUV size you will need with the Forester. This SUV has seating for up to five, which means every kid on the carpool list will have their own space with plenty of room for backpacks and sports equipment in the back.
2017 Subaru Outback
The 2017 Outback is ready to take on anything. This car will get you through those rainy, slippery, or snowy school mornings with ease. When it comes to loading the trunk with all of those school supplies, the power rear gate will open up for you with just the push of a button on your key fob, making it easy to load the car even if your hands are full.
2017 Subaru Legacy
The 2017 Legacy is a sedan with top safety features to keep everyone in your carpool secure and safe. It’s top-notch fuel efficiency also means you don’t have to worry if you have to drive back and forth to pick up different kids. With a 29 combined mpg, you will be able to make stops without stopping at the gas station first.
When it comes to the new vs. used cars debate, neither one is inherently the better option. Which one you decide on depends totally on you, your wants and needs, and your budget.
New cars are great because they come with a sense of security. You don’t have to worry about seeing the Carfax report or how many miles are on the car. Plus, new cars have more recent features, so if you like having the latest tech, go with a new car. You also have more options for customizing new cars—you can add packages, pick the color you want, and so on.
On the other hand, used cars have the benefit of being just plain cheaper. Lower monthly payments, lower interest rates, and lower insurance just some of the benefits of buying used—and it’s not like a car that’s a couple years old will be completely out of date feature-wise. And if you’re on a tight budget, buying a used car offers you a lot more variety. You may be able to get a higher quality car than you could afford if you only looked at inexpensive new cars.
Whatever you choose, there are plenty of options for you at Steve Lewis Subaru!