What’s the difference between rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 3:06 pm
Is rear-wheel or front-wheel drive better?

While there are clear advantages to all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive (especially if you enjoy off-roading adventures or live with challenging weather conditions), but it’s harder to figure out what’s the difference between rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. Is rear-wheel or front-wheel drive better? Why is front-wheel drive more common? Keep reading to find out!


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Is rear-wheel or front-wheel drive better?

closer-up of a wheel with a huge red brakeWhether a car maker present or past opts to make a front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive vehicle depends on many factors, depending on what drivers are lookign for in the model. Both types bring different advantages to the road.

Why is front-wheel drive more common?

Most cars you will find in our affordable pre-owned inventory will be front-wheel drive cars. These have the engine, driveshafts, and most of the weight of the powertrain right in the front of the vehicle which offer excellent front traction which can help in snow and ice (though that generally doesn’t matter here in the Texas heat). They are generally also lighter, and so offer better gas mileage. These are all really good points, but front-wheel drive also has some disadvantages. They don’t offer the best handling because they are so front-heavy, and the many delicate parts wear out faster and are easier to break.

Rear-wheel drive advantages

Rear-wheel drive is the drive option most popular with sports cars and drivers with demanding towing and hauling needs. The balanced weight offers a better driving experience, and the solid axle that allows the rear wheels to turn even with a front-based engine is extremely wear-and-tear resistant, which means fewer mechanical problems. However, the power coming from the rear wheels can make steering in ice and snow more challenging. Rear-wheel drive will be great if you are looking for a vehicle in Texas, but might not be as practical year-round in a more northern climate.

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