3 Differences Between Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive


When you shop our selection of used vehicles in our vast inventory at Fiesta Motors of Lubbock, you may be presented with the choice between a front-wheel-drive (FWD) and a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) drivetrain.
What are some key differences?
Handling. A RWD vehicle has more performance-oriented handling with a better front-to-rear weight balance. It has a tendency to oversteer around corners—rear wheels slide out like a drift racer. A FWD vehicle will have less precision handling due to a front-loaded weight balance, For a less-experienced driver, the vehicle’s tendency to understeer is easier to correct than a RWD oversteer.

Cost. The drivetrain, engine, and transaxle of a FWD vehicle can be manufactured as a single unit. This reduces time on the assembly line so that quality vehicles are made at an affordable price.

Traction. More weight over the power wheels during slippery conditions gives a FWD vehicle a distinct advantage. In addition, the car will handle more predictably with the front wheels pulling it through muddy or slick roads, rather than rear wheels trying to push it.

Of course, when it comes to traction during inclement weather, what you really need is a capable 4x4 truck or SUV. We've got all of these options available in our large inventory, and financing to go with them. Hope to see you for a test drive soon. Phone ahead, and we’ll get you started with budget-friendly financing, our call before you come pre-approval program.