Both all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive come in handy when you are on the road, but the difference between the two and whether one is a better fit for your needs or not can be a mystery. Here's a quick guide to what both systems offer and how to choose the best option.

All-Wheel Drive

AWD systems work by sending torque to both the front and rear wheels to provide more traction on the road regardless of driving conditions. There are actually two types of AWD: systems that drive all wheels continuously all the time, and systems that automatically sense when AWD is needed. The latter allows drivers to use two-wheel drive mostly, except in hazardous, slippery weather, or road conditions. This can often use less fuel by needing less power.

Four-Wheel Drive

Much like AWD, 4WD is designed to send torque to all four wheels of a vehicle. However, 4WD is typically for off-roading and handling tough terrain. It can also turn on and off, and when disengaged, the 4WD system offers better fuel economy than an AWD system. While it is better for off-road enthusiasts and can improve efficiency, 4WD systems sometimes deliver a less smooth and sporty driving experience than vehicles with AWD.

Which System Suits Your Needs?

Both AWD and 4WD deliver more traction and a more confident driving experience, but the kind of experience you want can factor into which system you choose. AWD is handier for year-round driving by offering reassurance without taking away from the sportiness and handling of your drive. On the other hand, 4WD systems are better for enthusiasts who like to drive off the beaten path.

For example, the Subaru Impreza, equipped with AWD, may be the better option for drivers who will spend most of their time on the highway commuting, while 4WD vehicles like the Subaru Ascent may deliver a better choice for drivers best served with off-road adventures.

Test-drive a new Subaru to find out which one of these configurations are right for you.

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