What is the Difference Between a Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?

When you're in the market for a vehicle, it seems like there are endless decisions to make. One way to make the process a little easier for you is determining the type of vehicle you require. The choice between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle are two of the options you might consider. Each has benefits and limitations. Base your decision on what your typical driving conditions will be, the average miles you plan to drive, and what you generally expect in a vehicle.

The FWD will be the most economical of the two. Its engine and drivetrain assembly are placed in the front of the vehicle between the two axles, which makes it less expensive to produce and easier to access. It also requires fewer parts, so it is lighter and more fuel efficient. Additionally, this is the choice you want to be in when trying to manage wet surfaces.

A RWD vehicle, however, offers a significant level of performance and handling, which makes this choice very desirable. It is the much more durable option between the two. Its suspension, for example, will hold up to pot holes and curbs without a problem. A FWD, on the other hand, will likely need costly repairs in the suspension department.

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