What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

Have you seen front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) in a car’s profile online? What do these terms mean? Both of these terms refer to a vehicle’s powertrain, or how your car sends power to the wheels. With a FWD option, your transmission sends power through the engine to your front wheels. This allows your car to pull its weight forward. However, it does not move as fast as it would with a RWD configuration.

RWD refers to how a transmission sends power to the rear differential. This allows your car to push itself forward, resulting in quicker acceleration to start and better handling on difficult roads. For example, icy and snowy roads can be easier to drive on with a RWD because the back wheels help stabilize your front-end.

Want to see the difference in power and performance with FWD and RWD? You can take your pick of the new inventory at Griffin Kia located centrally in Meadville.


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