Is All-Wheel-Drive or Four-Wheel-Drive Better? Experts Answer.

July 15th, 2022 by

Car shopping can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first car purchase. There are many different features to research and decide on. That’s because all cars are intricately designed with differences and modified for specific driving conditions. For example, all-wheel-Drive and Four-Wheel-Drive sound very similar, yet they provide your Clermont Toyota with a different driving experience by sending power to other sections of the wheels. Today, our experts at Toyota of Clermont will go over the differences between the two and help you decide whether All-Wheel-Drive or Four-Wheel-drive is the right option for you. 

What is All-Wheel-Drive?

All-wheel-drive is automatic, so all four wheels can gain traction independently instead of just activating between the front and rear wheels. It is specially designed for cars, SUVs, and everyday driving conditions. It helps maximize your Clermont car’s fuel efficiency by being programmed to send the power to the right wheels in certain weather conditions. In addition, your chances of spinning out on the rainy road are decreased since the power is automatically programmed to adjust to the weather conditions. 

What is Four-Wheel-Drive?

Four-Wheel-Drive operates a bit differently than AWD in your Clermont Toyota. Usually, it’s only the rear wheels that the power is sent to that drive the vehicle forward. If you want to activate all four-wheels dividing torque amongst the wheel’s driving system, you will have to change the function manually through a lever or button. Four-Wheel-Drive should be activated when driving on tough terrain to balance your wheels correctly. 

Advantages and Disadvantages of All-Wheel-Drive & Four-Wheel-Drive

Both options are great for specific drivers’ preferences. Keep reading to go over some of the reasons why you should choose either option. 



  • Great for everyday poor weather driving conditions, so you can ensure no slipping on the road. 
  • All-Wheel-drive is always on and always adjusting to the most efficient system.
  • You feel safe driving this car with its advanced system. 




  • Better Navigation through extreme off-roading like deep mud, snow, or water.
  • It gives better control to the driver, so they can get through to cool off-roading destinations on road trips. 
  • They pull heavy hauls efficiently and thoroughly.


  • Not very fuel-efficient compared to lighter weight front-wheel-drive.

Which option is for you? 

If you are in the market for a truck like the all-new 2022 Toyota Tundra to haul large loads and off-road in extreme places, you’re better off with four-wheel drive for your Clermont Toyota. However, if you’re looking to drive an SUV such as the 2022 Toyota Highlander for everyday driving conditions, you are better off with All-Wheel-Drive for better everyday safety. 

Are you looking for this feature on a Clermont Toyota? Visit Toyota of Clermont

Our latest arrivals include the 2022 Toyota Tundra and 2022 Corolla Cross. So if you want to get your hands on a ride with all of the features you want, give us a call or see it for yourself in person – visit Toyota of Clermont at 16851 State Road 50, just west of Florida Turnpike. You can also shop online or call us for additional information at (352) 404-7000.