All Wheel Drive Vehicles in Niagara Falls, ON

Wheel Drive VehiclesAll Wheel Drive Vehicles in Niagara Falls, ON

KIA AWD vs. 4WD What Would You Choose?

At Cardinal Kia, our staff believes that safety comes first for all our customers and having full control of your vehicle is important for all drivers, new and seasoned. Many drivers overlook the consideration of choosing All Wheel Drive (AWD) over standard 2WD. Instead, when buying a car, we tend to focus more on the aesthetics like exterior colour and rim style, and overlook the important options under the hood and comprising the powertrain. But let's face facts - we live in Canada where the harshest weather conditions can be expected, and that means road safety is paramount.

AWD allows all four wheels to spin as opposed to only 2 wheels, resulting in improved traction and control. How many times do Canadian drivers spin out on wet, slippery roads or get their car stuck in snowy conditions regardless of tire condition? This is a reality that most Canadian drivers face. During slippery or snowy conditions where grip is reduced, AWD vehicles offer substantially better traction resulting in more safety, control and agility.

AWD also offers better resale value than the standard 2WD because the AWD option offers the driver more capabilities and peace of mind knowing that the vehicle can handle tough road conditions. AWD also gives you more control at each corner by diverting power between axles when necessary to find more traction.

Contact Us today to test drive an AWD vehicle in Niagara Falls, ON, such as the Kia Sportage and Kia Sorento, and experience more power and control first hand.

With several AWD Kia vehicles for sale in Ontario, many people wonder if a 4WD is the same as an AWD. The simple answer is no. What's the difference between these two vehicles? Which one is best suited for your needs? Let us take a more in-depth look at each one of them.

What is AWD?

Also known as all-wheel drive, AWD is a drivetrain outline where torque is pointed from the engine right to the rear and front axles to all the four wheels using differentials. There are several types of AWD systems, including part-time AWD and full-time AWD. As the name suggests, a full-time AWD system sends torque to the rear and front axles regularly. On the other hand, a part-time AWD system monitors driving behavior and the road's condition before deciding whether it is appropriate to send torque to the front axle or not.

What is 4WD?

Four-wheel drive or 4WD is a conventional 4x4 drivetrain. Many people confuse between the two drivetrains and end up purchasing what they did not plan to buy. The main difference between a 4WD and an AWD is that although 4WD systems can send power to the rear and front axles, they can simultaneously direct a certain amount of energy between the right and left wheels. In other words, 4WD systems are designed for challenging roads but are meant to make your driving smoother. Contact us for more detailed information about the differences between AWD and FWD.

AWD vs. 4WD: Which one is better?

Is 4WD better than AWD, or is the opposite true? There is no definite answer to this question. It usually depends on an individual's needs and priorities. But in general, most suburban drivers prefer AWD vehicles because of the road conditions. 4WD cars are perfect for people who drive on rugged-off roads. Such vehicles exhibit a lot of power and can move much faster on all streets without experiencing mechanical issues. Browse our new and used inventory to find Kia vehicles with AWD and 4WD.

In short, the choice between 4wd and AWD is entirely on you. Each vehicle model comes with its own merits and demerits. Therefore, it is upon you to consider all the benefits of either drivetrain or make an informed decision. Our work is to ensure that there is are different model varieties you can choose from, from our lineup. We will also do everything possible to help you make the right choice. Schedule a test drive today and get to know the real difference between 4WD and AWD.