What’s Best On Snow And Ice: Four-Wheel Drive Versus All-Wheel Drive

With shoppers flocking to new-car dealers’ at rates not seen since the onset of the Great Recession, and at the most bone-chilling and snow-ridden time of the year, many new-car buyers are taking a closer look at cars and trucks that fare best under extreme climactic conditions. But what kind of vehicle should a weather-besieged car buyer choose?

Aside from the front-drive setup typically found in most mainstream cars and the rear-drive layout many sports and luxury cars employ, nearly a third of all vehicles sold in the U.S. now offer either all-wheel drive (AWD) or four-wheel drive (4WD) as traction-enhancing alternatives.

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