4WD & AWD Models

New England weather presents uncertainties; to stand strong against the elements and maneuver rutty terrain, drivers rely on resilient machinery. It’s not enough for a vehicle to be reliable or safe but powerful and all-weather ready, vehicles more commonly equipped with All Wheel or Four Wheel Drive systems. Though for those looking to take an off-roading adventure or more simply survive a New East winter, the question presents itself over which system is bettered pursued.

At Berlin City Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, we hope to eliminate the confusion of choosing a drive system by highlighting the differences and advantages of the two:

Why Buy an All-Wheel Drive Vehicle?

All-Wheel Drive (AWD) systems feed power to all corners. Ideal for schlepping across slippery road conditions or moderate off-road conditions, AWD can help you move through mud, snow and sand. Especially helping in rapidly changing weather conditions, an AWD vehicle is an idea when you frequently face the inevitability of snow or rain.

Why Buy a Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle?

A Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) system works similarly to an AWD system, but it’s optimized for severe off-roading conditions. Whether treading water, climbing boulders and pressing down steep slopes, 4WD vehicles refuse to lose traction in low-traction instances. A 4WD system is either full-time, automatic where the vehicle can switch between Two-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive, or part-time where the driver can choose to switch between Two-Wheel and Four-Wheel systems.

If you are someone with serious off-roading intentions, 4WD is the better option.

Explore Your AWD & 4WD Options in the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Model Line-Up:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are AWD and 4WD vehicles good in the snow?

Absolutely. Both systems perform relatively well in low-traction incidences, making them ideal for snowy winter conditions.

Are AWD and 4WD the same thing?

Though often used interchangeably, AWD and 4WD are not the same. AWD vehicles are always engaged, meaning you are better prepared for unexpected weather changes or traveling from low-traction arenas to high-traction arenas. With a 4WD vehicle, you are still provided a strong and balanced system, only you are better suited for off-roading conditions.

When is 4WD necessary?

If you plan to be off-road a great deal–whether taking frequent camping trips or working construction–4WD equipped SUVs and trucks are the way to go.

When to rotate tires on AWD vehicle?

Although power is being sent to all four wheels, doesn’t mean you can escape tire rotations. Most AWD vehicle manufacturers suggest you rotate your tires at least twice a year. Be sure to double-check your owner’s manual for the specifics on your model.

Are AWD and 4WD vehicle more expensive to insure?

Not necessarily. Insurance companies base their rates off of the car’s safety rating, the driver and the cost to replace the vehicle. That being said, if you drive an AWD vehicle with a poor safety rating or a 4WD vehicle that’s costly, you might be paying more than you would with a 2WD vehicle.

Visit Our Dealership to Test Drive an AWD or 4WD Vehicle Today!

Still unsure about whether these drive systems are for you or looking to begin the car buying process? Then join us here at Berlin City Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram in Gorham, NH, where we have the pleasure of serving the greater Berlin, Lancaster, North Conway, Bethel ME, Rumford Me and St Johnsbury VT region.