Front Wheel Drive AKA FWD
• Compared to vehicles of the same size and length, vehicles with FWD leave more space for people at cargo because of its lack of driveshaft, which causes an overall smaller drivetrain package.
• The engine’s output is more efficient in FWD vehicles which means less driveline power loss and more fuel efficiency
• The weight of FWD vehicles is primarily over the front wheels, which can assist in vehicle traction in low acceleration scenarios.
Disadvantages are as follows:
– Slower acceleration speed
– Lower vehicle power and speed
– FWD vehicles are prone to understeer due to the vehicle being quite front/nose-heavy
Our verdict is that if you are happy with a vehicle that is under 300 horsepower and you are not seeking out a sport vehicle that goes from “0-100 real quick” than an FWD vehicle could be suited for you! FWD vehicles are safe, practical and an overall good buy as long as you’re not planning on doing speed racing.
Rear-Wheel Drive AKA RWD
Advantages of RWD:
• RWD spreads the weight of its drivetrain more evenly that FWD from the front to the rear of the vehicle
• Sturdy and solid- RWD can typically take a lot of abuse without expensive repairs
• RWD drive vehicles are fast! High horsepower. High speed.
• Better stopping due to better weight distribution
Disadvantages of RWD:
• RWD is for dry driving. Unfortunately, RWD vehicles often lack sufficient traction control on slick roads.
• RWD takes practice and if not done well can be dangerous.
Our opinion, if you are in the need for speed and you need a vehicle that can put up with some wear and tear then RWD is probably for you.