What is the Difference Between a Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?

Making the decision to purchase a front-wheel-drive (FWD) or a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle boils down to what you are looking for in an auto. Each has its pros and cons. You will need to base your decision on your driving conditions, mileage you plan to drive, and what you expect from the vehicle.

If economy is a top priority for you, then you may want to consider a FWD. Because the engine with the drivetrain assembly sits in front on top of the drive wheels, it is both lighter and cheaper to produce. You save on the purchase of the vehicle and on fuel as you drive it. Additionally, FWD provides better traction than RWD in inclement weather. On the down side, FWD doesn’t offer the performance that a RWD does. RWD is a more balanced vehicle overall than FWD, and it can handle much more abuse without resulting in costly repairs. Police cars are an example of the durability that RWD offers.

Come by DCH Audi Oxnard in Oxnard, CA for a test drive. You can speak with a member of our service team and determine which is right for you.

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