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Front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard in most Mitsubishi models, though many come with all-wheel drive (AWD) as an optional upgrade. What’s the difference?

Is AWD really that much better that it warrants buyers paying extra for? If so, how is it better and should all car buyers consider AWD over the more commonplace FWD?

FWD and AWD at a Glance

The majority of cars on the road utilize a FWD platform where the engine only sends power to the front wheels. Some SUV models, though, have a design that enables the engine to send a limited amount of power to the rear wheels when necessary.

FWD is the standard because it is more affordable to manufacture and provides enough power for the average commute.

In AWD vehicles, the engine sends power to both the front and rear axles. AWD should not be confused with 4WD.

While similar, the former is always engaged and redistributes power to each corner of the wheels as necessary depending on road conditions and how much traction is needed. The power distribution to both axles means more power, making it more suitable for off-road navigation and towing.

Should You Aim for AWD?

Examine your commuting needs. How often do you plan to do any off-roading if at all? Do you anticipate towing a trailer? AWD also provides better control on icy and slippery roads.

Pennsylvania isn’t the coldest region but it does get cold enough for the roads to occasionally ice over. Do you plan on long commutes during winter? If you answered yes to any of the questions, then an upgrade to AWD may be the right choice.

Visit Motorworld Mitsubishi to see models like the Mitsubishi Outlander and more. Different drivetrains are available to suit your driving habits.

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