When customers visit Van Horn Budget Auto to purchase a used vehicle, we often stress the importance of drivetrains. We’re a used car dealership home to a plethora of options, and as a result, have a number of different drivetrain types you can choose from.

What’s the difference between 2WD, AWD, or 4WD? Well, before we get into the details, your drivetrain is a system of components that are responsible for transferring power from the engine to your wheels.

2WD vehicles either provide power to the front wheels or the rear wheels. These kinds of drivetrains are sightly more fuel-efficient than other models, and are great if you have a long commute or plan on sticking to the pavement. Although, if you’re a big fan of off-roading or drive a lot during our pretty extreme Plymouth, WI winters, we suggest something a little beefier. In this case, we’d urge drivers to select either an AWD or 4WD drivetrain option.

AWD stands for all-wheel-drive which means that power is supplied to all four wheels automatically. Although, AWD systems can vary a great deal depending on automakers and models, which is important to keep in mind when buying a used car from our dealership. 4WD, or four-wheel-drive, vehicles also provide power to all four wheels, however, they do so more dynamically. In most 4WD vehicles, you have greater control and traction, perfect for drivers who want to use their vehicle for some hardcore exploration.

Matched side by side, neither of these drivetrain options are better than one another. It all comes down to your preferences and needs. If you’re unsure of what drivetrain you should purchase in your vehicle, our service center representatives at Van Horn Budget Auto are more than willing to give you all the resources you need to make an informed decision.