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All Wheel Drive vs Four Wheel Drive

At O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville, our top priority is providing our customers with exceptional service and ensuring that together we’re able to find the perfect vehicle for them. We want to become your trusted Ford dealer near Frankfort, KY, and we think among our wide inventory, we have a car that would suit you and your family perfectly. Whether you’re interested in a new or used Ford car in Shelbyville, KY our team is here to find a vehicle that can handle your lifestyle and fulfills all your needs, and we’re proud to feature a range of cars that offer both four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive.

Four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive are both systems that send power to all four wheels on your car and accomplish similar tasks, so you may have assumed that they mean the same thing. Although these terms sometimes get thrown around interchangeably, four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive actually operate differently and are better suited for slightly different tasks. For this reason, you often find them on different kinds of vehicles. Four-wheel-drive is often found on tough and work-ready trucks that need to go off-road. In this system, power comes from the transmission to a transfer case that splits power evenly between your front and rear axles. Oftentimes, four-wheel-drive systems are only on when you activate them so that you can turn them on in difficult and low traction conditions. While these systems have been around for a while, all-wheel-drive is a more recent development, and often found on sporty cars. All-wheel-drive splits power between three differentials and sends the most power to the wheels with the most traction.

The Ford Fusion is one of the most fun and well-rounded midsize sedans that we think you’ll ever find because of its stylishness, power, efficiency, and cutting-edge technology. It’s not only practical and reliable, but a joy to drive. Unlike many midsize sedans on the market, all-wheel-drive is available as an option on the Ford Fusion. This boosts handling and gives you extra help in slick and snowy weather conditions, making this sedan even more compelling. On the other hand, if you’re on the lookout for the perfect pick-up truck, the Ford F-150 is one of the most trusted, customizable, and capable full-size pickup trucks on the market and offers four-wheel-drive so you can handle tough conditions confidently.

Now that you know a little more about these systems and how they might fit into your lifestyle, we’d love to give you the chance to try them for yourself. Pay a visit to our dealership at 720 Mt. Eden Road to try a Ford truck or car and see which one is perfect for you. See you soon!