2WD, AWD, and 4WD: What's the difference and which one is right for me?

If you're looking into your car shopping options around the greater Danbury area these days, you'll see a lot of jargon thrown around about things like torque, payload capacity, and even infotainment systems. But some of the most critical terms that get thrown around are two-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive, and if you want to get the right car, truck, or SUV for your lifestyle, it's critical you understand what they mean for you out on the open road.

Now, the most common thing you'll see for most of our new Toyota models is two-wheel drive, or 2WD, which means that the engine either sends power to the front wheels or the rear wheels. Most Toyota sedans come standard with front wheel drive, while most Toyota trucks come with rear wheel drive. This driveline option is a bit better for overall efficiency, and some Toyota vehicles with two-wheel drive upwards of an EPA-estimated 40 mpg with it equipped.

Now, all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are often used interchangeably, and without getting into too many technical terms, both largely mean the same thing. With these systems, the engine spreads its power across all four wheels of the vehicle. The key difference between the two is that all-wheel drive is typically deployed on crossover models like the Toyota RAV4, while four-wheel drive is typically used on pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma pictured above. The benefits of these systems are numerous, from better traction and control in slippery conditions to increased towing capacity. Plus, they often help a bit with acceleration, so you can take to highway on ramps with a bit more confidence.

Of course, this is just a view from 10,000 feet on the differences between all-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and two-wheel drive, so if you'd like to learn more, our knowledgeable sales team would be only too happy to assist you. Drop by Greentree Toyota to have a chat and explore your options today.

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