What is the Difference Between Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drives?

For the better part of a century, automobiles were powered by a rear-wheel system. The rear-wheel-drive allowed a division of tasks between the front and rear wheels. The front wheels were for steering while the rear wheels provided power. Though it appears to be simpler to put both tasks on the front wheels, engineers could not figure out how to provide power and steering using the same components. The rear-wheel-drive pushed the car providing more power in curves than front-wheel-drive units that pull the car.

Front-wheel-drive cars came along in the late 1960s and became prevalent in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Front-wheel-drive has the engine and the transmission in one unit at the front of the vehicle. Front-wheel-drive cars are heavy in the front end which provides better traction in slippery environments.

To test out both drive mechanisms, visit our showroom at Prestige Family of Dealerships.

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