Benefits of Different Drivetrains: FWD vs 4WD vs AWD

All-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive—what do these mean exactly, and what are the benefits of each? These represent different kinds of drivetrains, which are what connect the transmission to the drive axles and deliver power.

For front- and rear-wheel drive, this means that the power is delivered only to two of the tires, with the other two just following suit. Front-wheel drive, or FWD, is great for drivers who live in climates that don’t get huge amounts of snowfall and who drive smaller cars like sedans, which rarely come with AWD systems. Rear-wheel drive, or RWD, typically offers better performance and is therefore popular in sports cars, but it doesn’t perform very well in bad weather conditions.

When it comes to AWD and 4WD, the difference can be tricky to understand, since both involve power being delivered to all four wheels. In AWD systems, which are common in SUVs, the system is always active and determines which wheels to send power to based on how sensors read the environment. On the other hand, 4WD, also known as 4×4, only engages when you tell it to and delivers power to all four wheels at the same time.

Though they’re not all that dissimilar, they’re made for very different purposes. AWD is a great standard drivetrain for people who live in areas with extreme weather conditions, and 4WD is mostly activated for off-roading purposes in mud, through forests, on sand, et cetera. If you don’t plan on going off-roading for fun, AWD or FWD is probably best for you.

Study Shows Chevy Corvette is the Most Talked About Car Online

A study conducted by Swoop, a search advertising provider, found that the Chevy Corvette is the most talked about car on the internet. Chevy is also the second most talked about brand online, with Ford edging it out by less than 1% just in the last couple of months.

The Corvette led the individual car discussion with 7.18% of discussion, while the Ford F-150 had 6.51% of online discussion. Swoop also looked at how much each brand spends on advertising and found that along with Ford and Jeep, Chevy is one of the lowest advertising spenders, meaning it generates a high amount of buzz and organic discussion online without needing to advertise much.

Swoop uses a search engine of its own design to get more in depth and detailed knowledge of users’ searches by following not only whether a user searches a Chevy or Honda vehicle but where the article they read takes them and what other brands they investigate from that point on.

Besides the Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler, the Chevy Tahoe was one of the top discussed SUVs, and the Corvette was a whopping 35% of the discussion about sports cars in addition to being 7.18% of the overall car discussion.