The Difference Between Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive

Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are two different types of drivetrain configurations. With front-wheel drive (FWD), the car is pulled forward. While this offers a lot more fuel efficiency, you don't get the same power as with rear-wheel drive. In an RWD vehicle, the car is pushed forward. That's why sports cars are able to do a quarter-mile in such a short period of time.

There are other ways to configure drivetrains, and there are also modern vehicles that allow you to choose which setup you want on the fly. All-wheel drive (AWD) is another popular option that allows you to drive with all axles and is perfect for bad weather conditions, like icy roads.

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