What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

When looking at new cars, you may see language about the drivetrain or powertrain such as front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD). In other cases, cars may have all-wheel drive (AWD). Most compact cars and fuel-efficient sedans are front-wheel drive models. These cars send power from the engine through the transmission to the front wheels, which results in your car pulling itself forward.

While FWD cars are not known for their power, you can get decent acceleration from a powerful engine and FWD configurations. However, it’s not nearly as fast or as reliable as a true rear-wheel drive vehicle. These drivetrains receive power from the engine to the rear differential, which pushes the car forward. You can see how this would result in more horsepower from watching muscle cars lift up on the back wheels during sudden acceleration, zooming forward rapidly.

Have you decided to get into an efficient vehicle with front-wheel drive, or do you want the power of rear-wheel drive? We can help you make the choice with a simple test drive. Check out our latest inventory and stop by Audi Atlanta to make a comparison.


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