Choose the drivetrain that fits your needs

When shopping for a vehicle, it's important to understand the type of drive train it has because it influences the driving experience.

Rear-wheel drive used to be the automative industry’s drivetrain of choice. Today, though, automobiles are made with more than one kind. 

A drivetrain is the system that delivers power to an automobile’s wheels. It doesn’t include the components that generate power but only includes the parts that are responsible for getting the power from your engine or motor to your automobile’s wheels, according to a release from Tom Wood Auto Group.

There are four different kinds of drivetrains: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The term “two-wheel drive” means the vehicle has either front- or rear-wheel drive.

Front-wheel drive refers to automobiles that send power to their front wheels at the exclusion of their back wheels. A rear-wheel drive system sends power only to a car’s rear wheels. While all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems send power to all four tires, four-wheel drive systems are normally more robust than all-wheel drive systems. This makes four-wheel drive systems more attractive for the majority of off-road enthusiasts.

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Tom Wood Automotive Group 3130 East 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240