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Does 4×4 Matter?

For some drivers and some applications, a two-wheel drive system just doesn’t cut it, be it front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. We can understand why so many of the drivers Jeep® Chrysler Dodge of Ontario serves in the Los Angeles area want power to all four wheels. What many don’t realize is that there are differences between four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD), and that not even all four-wheel drive is created equal. A Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with four-wheel drive is better than its all-wheel drive counterparts. Here’s why:

 

First is choice. In contrast to the full-time AWD offered on many competitors’ models, you get to choose whether you’re using the 4WD on your Jeep SUV, saving you fuel when you don’t need it. Second is power, since 4WD delivers and distributes power better. Third is gear ratios, since 4WD offers low-gear options that are a godsend if you’re on a steep hill or towing a heavy load. Finally, Jeep offers multiple four-wheel drive options.

 

The first of these is Quadra-Trac I, which uses a single-speed transfer case and a 50/50 front-rear split of torque. Quadra-Trac II has a two-speed transfer case and offers more finesse in torque distribution– it also has Selec-Terrain, which lets you select for different kinds of terrain for better driving performance. Quadra-Drive has Selec-Speed, which acts like a low-gear/low-speed cruise control and has the added benefit of an electronic limited-slip rear differential.

 

So, does it matter? Our short answer would be “yes.” Jeep vehicles bring with them a reputation for formidable off-road performance, and their four-wheel drive systems are a big part of how they came by that reputation. They’re what allows your Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk or 4×4 Jeep Wranglerchew up rock and gravel as capably as it takes on the asphalt. Not everyone needs a system that engages all four wheels, but for those who do, our opinion is that Jeep 4WD makes a difference. Find out more by visiting Jeep Chrysler Dodge of Ontario at 1202 Auto Center Drive in Ontario, CA or calling 866-233-0123 today.

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