4WD vs AWD at Lewisville Mitsubishi near Dallas, TX


  • Monday 8:30am - 9:00pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am - 9:00pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am - 9:00pm
  • Thursday 8:30am - 9:00pm
  • Friday 8:30am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday 8:30am - 8:00pm
  • Sunday Closed


Lewisville Mitsubishi

1651 S. Stemmons Freeway
Directions Lewisville, TX 75067

  • Sales: (866) 412-9871
  • Service: (877) 361-5563
  • Parts: (866) 233-5473

Car drivers seeking safety over substance often will turn to all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) options. At Lewisville Mitsubishi, we are proud to offer you the latest in innovation and safety when it comes to our vehicles, including the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage SE or the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, both equipped with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

For Lewisville drivers ready to buy a vehicle that has great handling in all types of weather conditions, both on and off of the road, a car with 4WD or AWD may be right for you. But what exactly is the difference between the two? The expert mechanics of Lewisville Mitsubishi are here to answer that very question.

Four-Wheel Drive Vehicles

Let's start with the old-school version. Four-wheel drive, also referred to as four by four or 4x4, is typically reserved for off-road vehicles or vehicles with all-terrain capabilities. Power travels through the transmission to the transfer case. It is then split between the front and rear axles so that maximum torque is going to each wheel, ensuring that each one turns at the same speed.

Four-wheel drive pros include:

  • Better traction for off-road conditions
  • Can be turned off to increase fuel economy
  • Proven, time-tested technology

The cons of 4WD include:

  • Adds weight to your vehicle
  • Cannot be used in every type of weather condition
  • More expensive than two-wheel drive

All-Wheel Drive

This is a much more recent innovation, as well as much more complicated. The biggest difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is that an AWD system is on all of the time. It takes power from the transmission and splits it at different levels between two wheels or the front and back axles.

This system gets power to the wheels with the most traction by splitting the power between the front and back wheel axles on the center differential. It is super useful in slippery conditions when your wheels may be getting a different amount of grip.

The benefits of an all-wheel drive system include:

  • Provides increased control and grip in all weather conditions
  • Gives sportier handling
  • Works all of the time

The pitfalls of this system may include:

  • Increases the complexity and weight of your vehicle
  • Not good in extreme off-road weather conditions

Buying a 4WD or AWD Vehicle at Lewisville Mitsubishi

If you are in the market for a new car, stop by our Lewisville Mitsubishi dealership. Lewisville Mitsubishi offers a wide array of vehicles and will be glad to be of service to you. We are located at 1651 South Stemmons Freeway. Or you can call our sales department at 866-412-9871 to set up an appointment today.