AWD vs. 4WD - What's the Difference?

Dec 01, 2021 Randy Lancaster Comments Disabled
AWD vs 4WD  Whats the Difference


Safety is a very important part of choosing an RV. This is a much larger vehicle than you're probably used to driving on a regular basis, and you'll want to make sure that your RV is equipped with features that will keep you safe on a variety of road surfaces. All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive come included on a number of the models we have here at Reliable RV, and it's important to note that these are not the same feature.

What is All-Wheel Drive?

An RV that comes equipped with an all-wheel drive will typically be set up to include a part-time mode as well as a full-time mode. Switching between the two is automatic, and your vehicle will do so on its own. Part-time AWD is what you'll typically be driving in, and only some of your wheels will be engaged. Full-time AWD will kick in if the vehicle senses that you're moving onto a slicker road surface. There is no switch or lever inside of your vehicle that will allow you to make the change manually.

What is Four-Wheel Drive?

Similar to the all-wheel drive system, the four-wheel drive is designed to provide you traction on a part-time and full-time basis as well. You also are equipped with low and high-range four-wheel drive, which you can control from the driver's seat. The high setting is recommended for surfaces that are a bit slick, like gravel or sand. You can choose the low setting if you're going to be going over ice or snow.

For more information on what all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive provide, we encourage you to contact us here at Reliable RV. We can answer any questions you have, and we'll point out which vehicles on our lot come with AWD or 4WD.