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Hello and welcome from your friends at Van Horn Budget Auto. We are the trusted used car dealership serving Plymouth, WI and the go-to destination for some of the best deals and the friendliest car-buying experience. We take great pride in not only offering a fabulous selection of used cars to choose from, but also a place that is stress-free and welcoming. We serve customers with all different levels of auto-buying experience, and we’re always happy to answer any questions our customers have. A common topic of discussion is the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, and today, we’re laying out everything you need to know!


The Difference between AWD and 4WD


No question is a bad question even if it seems obvious. We get asked all the time about the acronyms listed with our vehicles, such as AWD and 4WD. All-wheel drive is abbreviated as “AWD” and four-wheel drive as “4WD”. Many people find it hard to believe, but there are definite differences between the two!


4WD is a drivetrain that generally can be turned on and off, while AWD is engaged at all times. An important and distinctive difference between 4WD and AWD is how they affect vehicle handling. In general, AWD typically provides sportier handling and increased control at higher speeds. Conversely, 4WD gives you awesome traction and grip when driving on off-road surfaces, and thus is most commonly found in trucks and SUVs. Since 4WD can usually be turned on and off, you can improve fuel economy by only using the feature when you need it.


Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD


A major factoring in deciding if AWD or 4WD is the right choice for you is the types of surfaces and driving conditions you encounter most often. Anyone with a job that requires a reliable vehicle off the road or people who enjoy hitting the trails on adventures will love vehicles with 4WD like one of our used SUVs or trucks. If you’re someone who keeps their vehicle on the road and is seeking maximum performance and handling, you’ll love a quality sedan or a crossover. These are just a couple examples of what awaits you here at our dealership, and we truly have something for everyone!  


Van Horn Budget Auto invites you to join us to browse our selection and experience the best car-buying experience you’ve ever had. Come check out our inventory of used cars for sale at nearby N5908 Willow Rd in Plymouth, WI. Give our used car dealers a call at 920-892-8456 for any questions.


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