Every car is different, and part of what makes each unique is the drivetrain that provides power to the wheels. Here at Quality Auto Mall in Rutherford, NJ, we have a wide variety of Ford cars in our showroom, many of which function using a variety of drivetrain types.

You may have seen these abbreviations on a car’s specifications list: FWD, RWD, 4WD, and AWD. These abbreviations relate to the drivetrain of your vehicle, which is the mechanism by which power is provided to your wheels. Front-wheel drive (FWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), four-wheel drive (4WD), and all-wheel drive (AWD) all function differently and can drastically change the nature of your drive.

FWD and RWD cars tend to operate by providing thrust to either the front or rear wheels. These are your standard drivetrains, and they are included in a majority of base model vehicles. With only two wheels powered, you can excel on the pavement, but may find yourself struggling when road conditions aren’t what they should be, or if you end up on unpaved terrain.

Fortunately, AWD and 4WD drivetrains serve as a capable alternative to standard ones. While both of these drivetrain types operate differently from one another, they both provide power to all four wheels. In AWD drivetrains, the power is typically applied autonomously, without room for adjustment. 4WD drivetrains, on the other hand, are far more robust, allowing you to adjust your wheel power according to the terrain. Both of these drivetrain options provide superior traction on and off the pavement and are typically found on crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks.

If you’re unsure which drivetrain would best satisfy your automotive needs, our Ford parts experts can point you in the right direction. At Quality Auto Mall, we understand that buying the right car isn’t easy, which is why we want to help you every step of the way.