Here at Napoli Nissan, we love taking our Nissan vehicles around the bends and turns of an open road, or taking our car for an adventure off of the road. In both cases, having four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive helps improve the driving experience, and we are proud that many of our Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs offer impressive driving systems. Drivetrain jargon can be a bit confusing, and we hope this quick overview will help break down the basics.
Most passenger cars sold in the U.S. today use a two-wheel-drive system in which the entire drive package—engine, transmission, differential, and the wheels that are driven by the engine—are in the front of the vehicle. This is called front-wheel drive (FWD). However, some trucks and SUVs have a rear-wheel drive (RWD) system, in which a long driveshaft transmits power from the engine in the front of the vehicle to the driven wheels at the back.
Today, many vehicles offer other advanced drivetrains that help improve the driving experience. With all-wheel drive (AWD), you can accelerate more quickly because the traction will be equally distributed among all four tires. All-wheel drive is a feature that the performance enthusiast should consider, as it improves traction and handling. AWD can also improve handling in poor weather conditions. You might want to consider this drivetrain if you are thinking about purchasing a sportier vehicle, like the 2017 Nissan GT-R.
Meanwhile, with a four-wheel drive (4WD) system, you get better traction and towing. Four-wheel drive is definitely a feature to consider if you plan on using your vehicle for towing, driving off-road, or driving in snowy or rainy conditions. Trucks like the 2017 Nissan Titan and SUVs like the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder both have capable 4WD systems that provide optimal control.
Come by our Milford, CT area Nissan dealership for a test drive and try out the different drivetrains that are available in our new Nissan and used vehicles.