When you're looking for a vehicle with traction control, you'll have two primary options to choose from. These include:

  • All-wheel-drive
  • Four-wheel-drive

Knowing what's available doesn't necessarily help you choose, though! What does each option offer, and which one is the better choice for you?

What is All-Wheel-Drive?

All-wheel-drive is an automatic traction control system. Using onboard computers, AWD monitors your wheels and their relationship to the road. If AWD detects that you're losing your grip, it will direct extra power to the wheels that need it, helping you maintain control.

What is Four-Wheel-Drive?

Four-wheel-drive is just what it sounds like! All four wheels are powered at once, providing extra power and traction that you won't get with a rear-wheel-drive system alone. Unlike AWD, 4WD isn't automatic. It needs to be activated manually. That does put more responsibility on the driver, but 4WD can also be preferable in harsh weather conditions and off-road.

Choosing the Right Traction System for You

Both AWD and 4WD have their perks and benefits. All-wheel-drive tends to be better for more casual Portland drivers who might need a touch of extra support in rough moments. Four-wheel-drive, meanwhile, is better suited to Dover, NH drivers with all-terrain ambitions. Both are valuable tools, however.

Come Find an AWD or 4WD Model at Jack Chevrolet

Are you a driver from South Portland or Portsmouth, NH interested in a vehicle with AWD/4WD? Contact the team at Jack Chevrolet today! We have new inventory options available that can offer the benefits of both.

From SUVs like the Chevy Traverse to powerful trucks like the Chevy Silverado 1500, we're confident we can show you a vehicle with the traction control equipment to satisfy your needs.