FWD vs. RWD vs. AWD: Introduction
When it comes to the question of rear-wheel drive as opposed to front-wheel drive as opposed to all-wheel drive for passenger automobiles, the answer to the question is a resounding — “It depends.”
Of late, there has been a rear-drive renaissance, particularly among performance-oriented cars. One school of thought goes rear-drive provides better handling because the rear wheels propel the car and the front wheels steer the car. This gives a better division of duties as compared to a front-drive car where the front wheels are tasked with both propelling the car and steering the car, causing them to be sometimes overwhelmed.
Well, yes — and no. We’ll explain a bit later.
Meanwhile all-wheel drive would seem to be the best solution of all since it delivers the best of both worlds.
Well again, yes — and no.