If you are in the market for a new or used truck, one of the key decisions you'll have to make is whether you prefer a 2WD or 4WD version of your preferred truck. Most trucks are available in both versions, so this is not a problem that is specific to just a few models or brands. Here's what you need to know to decide which drivetrain is right for you.
Typically, the base model of a particular truck is the 2WD version. With two-wheel drive, either the front or back tires deliver the power from the engine. For most driving conditions, 2WD offers plenty of traction and power to get you where you need to go.
Four-wheel drive is usually an optional add-on for the truck and will usually cost a fair bit more than the base 2WD model. However, 4WD is far superior if you plan on taking your truck out for some serious off-roading, like boulder climbing and creek driving.
It is important not to confuse 4WD with AWD. Although the terms are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between them. Whereas 4WD is a mode that can be turned on and off, AWD is on all the time. With all-wheel drive, computer sensors within the engine determine how to divert the power to the various wheels as you drive.
Making Your Choice
To decide which is best for you, you'll need to evaluate your needs and budget. For example, if you live in an area that experiences sunny, warm weather with hardly any rain, a 2WD truck will likely suit you just fine. If, on the other hand, you live somewhere that gets a lot of snow each year, the 4WD version would likely be a better option. Areas that get a lot of mud, like farms and river areas, are likely better-suited to 4WD as well.
Remember, though that 4WD trucks are usually more expensive than their 2WD counterparts, so take the time to think about whether the added cost is actually worth it for your particular needs. The truth of the matter is that most people who own trucks never actually take them off-road and use them just for commuting to work and taking the kids to school.
If you need help deciding which option makes the most sense for your family, come on down to Cambridge Truck. We have a vast selection of late-model and new-model used trucks for you to choose from. Our associates are highly knowledgeable about all of the trucks in our fleet and can help you decide which one is best for you and your family. Stop by and see us today to have a look at what we have to offer. Don't wait too long, though, because our inventory changes almost daily. You never know when your dream truck might be in stock!