Comparing 2WD vs FWD

Your vehicle’s drivetrain may come in different options, and you need to know the difference between them before taking your car out on the streets of Bethlehem, Emmaus, or Allentown. 

The drivetrain produces torque for the wheels. It usually falls under one of three classifications: All-Wheel-Drive, Four-Wheel-Drive, and Two-Wheel-Drive. While models with all types of drivetrains are available at Kelly Nissan, you should know what the purpose of each is. Talking about 2WD vs FWD, what’s the difference? 


2WD vehicle drivetrains are the most commonly available and distribute power to two wheels of the vehicle simultaneously. They can either be equipped with front-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive. 

If you’re in a place where there’s lesser rain and snow, 2WD is a good choice, but if you live in a region where there’s heavy snow, you need to decide how comfortable you’ll feel without the assistance of All-Wheel-Drive or Four-Wheel-Drive.

Front-wheel-drive is commonly used in passenger vehicles since it is economical and offers greater efficiency in terms of space in comparison to models with rear-wheel-drive. Front-wheel-drive is adept when climbing hills because of the forward weight distribution of the engine. It’s also a great option if you’re driving in an area with mild weather, like light snow or rain.

Rear-wheel-drive, on the other hand, is common in performance vehicles and pick-up trucks since it provides better handling thanks to a more uniform weight distribution. Adapting the suspension is possible since vehicle power is derived from the rear wheels, which improves steering. Rear-wheel-drive in trucks can also encourage better-towing capacity through higher traction, especially when used to haul a heavy load. 


Four-Wheel-Drive systems are often confused with All-Wheel-Drive systems, but the two are slightly different. All-Wheel-Drive is on at all times and uses electronic sensors to decide on which wheel to power. Four-Wheel-Drive systems, by contrast, are disengaged – they require active engagement by flipping a switch or pulling a lever for all four wheels to turn simultaneously. 

Four-Wheel-Drive systems work best for trucks and SUVs on off-road rugged terrain for assistance in climbing or to give additional traction when combating snow/ice. 

Nissan’s drive select modes allow you to shift between Two-Wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive for different terrains and road conditions. Visit Kelly Nissan in Easton to experience this first-hand.

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