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All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive Explained

Our specialty at O’Brien Mitsubishi of Normal is delivering outstanding Mitsubishi vehicles to customers in the Bloomington, Peoria, and Pekin areas. Whether you are looking for an SUV for the family, like the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, or a sedan for your teen driver, like the Mitsubishi Lancer, we will have what you need at an excellent price. Many of our Mitsubishi models come with all-wheel drive (AWD) and some come with four-wheel drive (4WD). Both of these drivetrains offer different benefits in varying road conditions and weather.

The Difference between AWD and 4WD

AWD gives power to the wheels that need it most when the vehicle is in operation. That’s why vehicles with all-wheel drive are popular among people who drive regularly in areas with inclement weather, such as wintry conditions.

4WD is a system that sends power to all four wheels of the vehicle at the same time. Cars with 4WD also perform well in inclement weather, but are designed more for handling rough roads like gravel, dirt, rocks and more. 4WD is found most often in SUVs that have been designed specifically for the hobby of off-roading and on trucks that perform towing and hauling tasks. An AWD system is lighter than a 4WD system, which is why you won’t see 4WD on smaller vehicles. You can find AWD on sedans.

Visit our dealership at 1601 Fort Jesse Road right here in Normal, IL to browse our selection of vehicles with 4WD and AWD from the Mitsubishi model lineup.

Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

If you want to enjoy the unbeaten forest paths in Illinois, a 4WD vehicle like the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is the best choice for you. This SUV was designed to offer excellent handling when riding on the rough terrain of the state. You might also take a look into the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander, which is a bit smaller, but still handles well off the beaten path.

If you are looking for AWD, you can’t go wrong with the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer. This sedan has room for your whole family, which will remain safe when stuck on the road in the unsuspecting Midwest weather.

No matter what type of vehicle you are looking for, you will be able to find a brand new or used car here at O’Brien Mitsubishi of Normal. We offer our customers an excellent selection of 4WD and AWD Mitsubishi cars to test drive and we will help you figure out which drivetrain works for your driving habits. 

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