What’s the Difference Between Chevy AWD SUVs and 4×4 Trucks

February 3rd, 2022 by

As winter approaches, the roads get icy and slippery. Choosing a new Chevy SUV or truck will make sure you get to your destination safely and without any delays. If you live in an area where you get winter weather mixes, it would be a good idea to make sure your vehicle is equipped with all-wheel drive or 4×4 capability. Winter weather is quickly approaching in Joplin, MO so make sure you visit us at Landers Chevrolet Cadillac of Joplin for the latest options in all-weather vehicles!

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There are two main systems that move the power from your engine to all four wheels – all-wheel drive and 4×4 (or four-wheel drive). These system names get interchanged but at the core, they are two distinct systems that work differently.

The most common system you’ll find on our compact and midsize Chevy SUVs is the all-wheel drive system. All-wheel drive operates independently and will send power to each of the four wheels when it senses slip from that corner. Most of these systems are front-wheel drive biased for more confident handling and better fuel economy. Most of these systems include snow, dirt, and other terrain modes to preconfigure the system for the upcoming obstacles for the best performance.

Four-wheel drive (4×4) is most often found on larger Chevy SUVs and trucks. 4×4 works independently and is engaged with driver input. The vehicle usually hangs out in two-wheel drive mode where power is delivered through the rear wheels. When switched into “four high,” all four wheels engage and the vehicle can be driven up to highway speeds with all four wheels getting power. If you’re really stuck, choosing “four low” amplifies the torque delivery to help the vehicle get free but you cannot drive in low mode at high speeds. Some vehicles also offer differential locks or “lockers” which allow both front wheels or both rear wheels to spin at the same speed in order to perform best in off-road situations.

Never call your boss and say you can’t make it to work when you’re driving a new Chevy! The all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive Chevys have you covered!