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

Don’t let the many choices between vehicles bog you down when you’re in the market for a new one. A front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle each has its benefits and limitations. One way to determine which is the best fit for you is to narrow down what you need in a vehicle. Determine what the majority of road conditions will be as you drive, the mileage you plan to drive, and your general expectations of the vehicle itself.

To begin with, a FWD is going to offer you economy. Due to its design, it’s the less expensive vehicle to produce and the lighter weight choice. That’s a savings to you with both purchase price and fuel. Another consideration for choosing a FWD its performance on wet or slick roads. Its ability to handle that situation is preferable to the RWD. When it comes to general performance, however, the RWD is a clear choice. The same can be said for a RWD’s durability. You may need expensive suspension repairs on your FWD if you hit a curb too hard, but the same hit won’t even phase a RWD.

We would be happy to assist you with your questions in further detail. Feel free to stop in to our showroom at Premier Kia for a test drive.

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