AWD v. 4WD Trucks

Modern automobiles are equipped with balance and precision courtesy of all-wheel-drive (AWD) and 4-wheel-drive (4WD) drivetrains. The separation is often hard to distinguish between these two robust systems, especially in recent times with the enhanced level of sophistication offered in modern automobiles. Beaver Valley Auto Mall is here to bring you more clarity on the differences between AWD and 4WD vehicles and how they are designed to provide complete confidence on the road. Whether you opt for a 4WD Ram 1500 or an AWD Honda Ridgeline, you'll have optimum drivability with this modern technology. These intuitive systems simultaneously calculate steering wheel angle, accelerator pedal position, and other measurables to send power to specific wheels for optimum grip while remaining ready to transfer the momentum once the road levels out. Discover some of the differences between AWD and 4WD, then visit our central location to explore our exciting lineup of Chevrolet, GMC, Nissan, and Ram trucks and go for a test drive.

Smoothly Balanced

AWD trucks and SUVs generally operate with no input from the driver. This driveline utilizes sensors to calculate when road conditions require more balance and automatically adjusts measurements based on the current engine throttle speed.


Our AWD trucks and SUVs detect any loss of grip by the tires and provide 100% of available torque directed toward the rear wheels to compensate for countersteering, oversteering, and understeering. We have an outstanding selection of AWD crossovers, such as the Chevrolet Traverse, the Hyundai Tucson, the Nissan Rogue, and the Toyota Highlander. Significant differences between AWD and 4WD depend on whether you plan to take your vehicle off-road or stay on the course. If you're not planning on tackling the toughest terrains, an AWD system turns your average Honda Ridgeline into a grip king, so your vehicle becomes more in sync with you. We currently offer an abundance of AWD and 4WD cars, trucks, and SUVs in our inventory, so stop by for a closer look today! One of our AWD and 4WD cars for sale has the skills you seek.

Rugged and Ready

Four-wheel-drive drivetrains go back to the beginning of motorized transportation. Typically reserved for more labor-intensive models, the 4WD systems offer similar traction-aiding attributes and pitch in considerable benefits on rough terrain. The 4WD sensors on trucks detect differences in topography such as grass, mud, rocks, sand, or snow, and with the combination of terrain support, they really begin to show their audacity. These intelligent systems are often on high-ground clearance trucks, but also on a wider variety of comfortable and luxurious models.


Like AWD systems, 4WD is designed to deliver torque through a series of center, front, rear differentials, couplings and transfer cases, which allow for maximum traction under various conditions. But 4WD systems tend to be much more capable than AWD and can generally handle more rugged surfaces. Another difference between AWD and 4WD vehicles is that 4WD provides four wheels of power, while AWD often shifts it between different wheels. Both drivetrains offer full-time or part-time systems and often include selectable modes to target a specific setting.

Experience the Difference

Beaver Valley Auto Mall is your dealership to discover the differences between AWD and 4WD models. We offer a wide range of these incredible models and will answer all of your questions on this topic or any other way we can assist. Our team of experts has a toolbox of information to ensure you are fully aware of the differences between AWD and 4WD and confident with your purchase. Visit us today to decide on the drivetrain right for you and transform your driving life in one of our AWD and 4WD trucks!

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Beaver Valley Automall

750 Beaver Valley Mall RT 18
Directions Monaca, PA 15061

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