Comparing AWD vs FWD vs 2WD

Comparing AWD vs FWD vs 2WD

When it comes to selecting from the various Nissan cars in Easton, you may be faced with the doubly confusing decision of choosing between 2WD, 4WD, and AWD. But, what are these, how do they affect your car, and which is the right one for you? 

The Nissan drivetrain technology 

Two Wheel Drive (2WD), Four Wheel Drive (4WD), and All-Wheel Drive (AWD) are three categories of drivetrain technology which Nissan offers.

Depending on the wheels the drivetrain powers, each drivetrain technology provides a unique set of benefits to car owners. Before we tackle the question of choosing a drivetrain, let us look at what each actually does. 

  • Two Wheel Drive (2WD)

In the 2WD, the drivetrain sends power only to two wheels of the car. If the power is sent to the front wheels, the vehicle is called a Front Wheel Drive. But when the power is sent to the rear wheels of the car, it is called Rear Wheel Drive. 

  • Four Wheel Drive (4WD)

4WD drivetrains power all four wheels of the car. However, the vehicle often remains in rear-wheel drive and only turns to 4WD in order to handle challenging road conditions. 

  • All Wheel Drive (AWD)

The AWD drivetrain pumps power into all four wheels of the car at all times.

How to choose a drivetrain that’s right for you? 


2WD vehicles are perfect for drivers who plan to drive their car on paved roads with little-to-no potholes. The front-wheel-drive is best if your route has upwards elevation since it pushes the car forwards. The rear-wheel-drive is better if you plan to transport packages in your car since the drivetrain will help with weight distribution and provide the rear wheels the support they need. 


The 4WD is typically used by SUVs and other off-roading vehicles because they provide the car with the extra power it needs to drive over rough terrains. From rocky boulders to muddy waters, the 4WD can drive through anything. 


The AWD is perfect for car owners who use their cars both in-city and off-road. The AWD drivetrain ensures that the car has enough traction to drive over even paved roads and over rocky paths. AWD vehicles are particularly well-suited to drive on sloping, sandy, and icy roads. 

Source: Nissan