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Drivetrain Options

Drivetrain Options Available at Gossett Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat

Knowing some common automotive terms can save every driver from future headaches. Every driver should know a little about their vehicle, even if it’s just what drivetrain the model comes equipped with. Here’s a quick guide to drive-trains and how they affect your vehicle.
  • Front-Wheel Drive – Power is sent to the front wheels in models with front-wheel drive. Most passenger vehicles, like midsize sedans, have a front-wheel drivetrain. This drivetrain isn’t as expensive to create, purchase, or maintain as rear-wheel drive. Models with front-wheel drive are usually more efficient and are easier to operate in slick conditions, such as snow-covered roads.
  • Rear-Wheel Drive – Power is sent to the rear wheels in vehicles with rear-wheel drive. This type of drivetrain is generally reserved for sports cars and other performance-oriented models. They’re usually more expensive and take more time to perfect. They’re not quite as efficient as front-wheel drive models either.
  • All-Wheel Drive – The engine sends power to all four wheels in models equipped with all-wheel drive. This drivetrain cannot be toggled off, unlike four-wheel drive, which means it isn’t as efficient as other drivetrains. Luxury models are commonly sold with all-wheel drive; models with this drivetrain are usually better at handling hazardous road conditions.
  • Four-Wheel Drive – (4x4) This drivetrain is similar to all-wheel drive with the exception being that it can be toggled off. Four-wheel drive is usually a standard feature on trucks and off-roading vehicles, like Jeeps. Vehicles with this drivetrain usually have higher fuel economy than all-wheel drive models since the drivetrain can be toggled.

Knowing the difference between drive-trains can help you make an informed decision when shopping for your next car. Most performance models like the Challenger come rear-wheel drive whereas some trucks and SUVs like the Ram 1500 or Jeep Wrangler are available in four-wheel drive. CUVs and SUVs like the Cherokee may be all-wheel drive. Be sure to choose the drivetrain that works best for you! Visit Gossett to learn more about the various drive trains and test drive your new car before you decide.

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