Most people have heard of drivetrains, and could probably decipher what they mean from their fairly descriptive monikers, but at Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM of Bowie in Bowie, MD, we’d like to explain some of the advantages and disadvantages of each drivetrain to help you make an informed decision.

Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)
As the name implies, is when the motion of the car is created by the two front wheels. The engine sends power to the forward wheels which creates a pulling effect for the rest of the vehicle. FWD is sometimes considered a less exhilarating ride, as the weight distribution makes for a more stable and controlled driving experience. When combined with the fact that it cuts down on carbon emissions, creates better fuel economy, and handles better in inclement weather, this drivetrain is often best for daily drivers.

Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)
The preferred drivetrain of sports cars as well as driving enthusiasts, RWD creates a pushing effect instead of the pull of FWD, allowing the front wheels to be purely for maneuvering. While RWD may be more fun to drive, it comes at the expense of less traction on wet and slippery surfaces. The 2017 Chrysler 300 is an exceptional example of RWD.

Four-Wheel Drive (4WD)
In most vehicles with 4WD, the drivetrain can be either operate with power to all four wheels or just two. This is because while 4WD is great for offroading and in adverse weather conditions, when not engaged, the vehicle runs via RWD.

All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
The most expensive drivetrain, AWD engages any 2 of the 4 tires for optimum traction and control. Unfortunately, this can have adverse effects on acceleration due to the additional weight.

Ourisman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM of Bowie has a wide selection of each of these drivetrains, which you can check out in person or on our Chrysler showroom online! Stop by our Chrysler dealership near Crofton, MD and we’ll be happy to show you around.