FWD, AWD, 4WD, 2WD: Comparing Nissan Drivetrains

Nissan Drivetrains

Nissan cars are built with the utmost regard for your car’s ability to drive safely and efficiently. The Nissan cars today are designed to maneuver difficult terrains to help you achieve a smoother journey. If you wish to know more about the different drivetrains available on Nissan cars, continue reading. 

2-Wheel-Drive (2WD)
Two-wheel-drive models can be differentiated into Front-Wheel-Drive and Rear-Wheel-Drive.

Front-Wheel-Drive (FWD)
Front-Wheel-Drive cars are designed in a way wherein the engine provides most power to the forward two wheels of the car. SUV’s are usually designed with FWD technology. FWD is especially useful when maneuvering difficult terrains and slopes. When climbing uphill, the technology helps the car maintain balance by powering the front wheels to carry the weight forward. 

Rear-wheel-drive cars are programmed to supply more engine power to the rear wheels. This technology is most commonly found in old-school pick-up trucks. While the technology is prevalent nowadays, the average day-to-day car doesn’t use RWD since the front wheels do not provide much steering power, making it risky to drive on slippery terrains. 

All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)
The engine in AWD cars is designed to individually power each of the four wheels, depending on the surface of the road it is driving on. The engine gauges which wheels need most traction and supply the power to that wheel in order to maintain balance over the vehicle. AWD technology is made for vehicles that frequent different terrains, be it mud, sand, ice, or gravel. 

4-Wheel-Drive (4WD)
Like AWD, 4-wheel-drive models also engage all the wheels to move the vehicle forward. The key difference between AWD and 4WD is that in the latter, the power supplied by the engine is equalized amongst the four wheels. The car can also activate the front and rear pairs or right and left pairs of wheels to turn in different axels in order to enhance grip and power while driving on challenging surfaces. 

To know more about the different drivetrains available in the Nissan vehicle of your choice, you can reach out to us at Manchester Nissan in Manchester, Connecticut. Our staff would be happy to help with all the information you seek.

Source: Nissan