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

What is a drivetrain, and how does it affect your car? There are three types of drivetrains that come with most vehicles today. While most small, compact cars have a front-wheel drive configuration, sports cars typically have rear-wheel drive. However, new technology with all-wheel drive has made it one of the more popular options available.

Front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicles have a transmission that transfers power from the engine to the front wheels. This allows your car to move forward by pulling the rest of it. While it’s less expensive and better for gas mileage, you don’t get a lot of acceleration power. For that, you would choose a rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle. These cars send power from the engine to the rear differential, allowing the car to push forward. The result is that you can easily press on the pedal and zoom forward, such as in a muscle car like the Dodge Challenger.

If you are ready to get into a new vehicle and want to see the difference in power, we’d love to take you on a couple of test drives at our Fred Martin of Youngstown location. It’s the best place in Youngstown to get a new car deal.


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