St. Cloud Toyota in Waite Park, MN has been proudly serving the St. Cloud, MN area for over 45 years. We love to watch buyers get behind the wheel of their new or used Toyota cars. Toyota dealers understand the importance of having AWD vehicles for some situations and 4WD vehicles for others, and that is why you will find both drive systems available in our new car inventory. Whatever your needs for your next vehicle, you’ll find it on our lot. Typically, AWD is found on cars and crossovers that may have a need for quicker acceleration, while 4WD is found on trucks and vehicles with all-terrain capabilities.

The Difference Between AWD and 4WD  

Many people mistakenly interchange AWD and 4WD as if they were the same thing. While similar, the two drive systems have notable differences. The biggest difference between the two is that 4WD can be turned on and off as needed based on road conditions, while most vehicles with an AWD drive system have it on all the time regardless of weather or road conditions. All-wheel-drive extends power to all four wheels at the same time to provide improved traction on all surfaces. Because AWD is lighter than 4WD, it is better for sportier cars that you might want to go a little faster in. Four-wheel-drive is a heavier system that provides even more traction when it is activated, and is ideal for driving off-road or for getting out of a messy situation caused by snow or ice. Crossovers like the 2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium has an AWD system while the 2017 Toyota Tacoma truck features 4WD.  

Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

If you live in an area that regularly gets snow and ice, but you aren’t interested in a full size SUV or Truck – an AWD car or crossover is your best bet. You can get the traction you need on slippery roads while driving a smaller vehicle that will use less fuel than a 4WD. On the other hand, if you are someone who wants the ability to take your vehicle off-road at times, tow heavy trailers, and turn the 4WD on and off as needed, then a truck is probably more your style. The 2017 Toyota Sienna Limited Premium is a Toyota van that features AWD, along with an 8-speed automatic transmission, 3.5L V6 engine. If you want a 4WD drive, the 2017 Toyota Tacoma features a V6, 6-speed engine.

Choosing Between the AWD and the 4WD

Consider how you drive and where you drive when trying to decide if you should get an AWD or 4WD vehicle. You can always visit us at 56387 418 2nd Street, South Waite Park and take any of our Toyota cars and trucks for a test drive. Our team would be happy to answer your questions regarding the features of each vehicle you are interested in and help you decide whether an all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive is right for your needs.