What's the Difference between 4WD vs AWD?

At St. Cloud Toyota, we offer only the best Toyota vehicles to drivers. It doesn’t matter if you need a truck like the Toyota Tacoma, a car for the whole family like the Toyota Camry, or a minivan like the Toyota Sienna, we will have what you are looking for in Waite Park, MN. Plenty of our vehicles come with all-wheel drive (AWD) and some are available with four-wheel drive (4WD). Both of these drivetrains offer benefits in varying road conditions and inclement weather, and our dealers can tell you more.  

Differences at a glance

4WD built for trucks and SUVs

AWD built for lighter vehicles

Both good for bad weather and road conditions

  The Difference between AWD and 4WD

AWD is a drive system where the power is given to the wheels that require it the most. This system is most popular for people who live in regions that have the most inclement weather, specifically bad winter weather.  

In comparison, power is sent to all four wheels at the same time in 4WD. This system also offers great performance in inclement weather. A vehicle with 4WD will be able to handle off-roading with ease, making it the most popular option in SUVs and trucks. The AWD system is much lighter than the 4WD system, which is why 4WD is never found on a vehicle smaller than an SUV.  

Visit our Toyota dealership in Waite Park, MN to browse our vast inventory of 4WD and AWD SUVs and Toyota trucks for sale.  

Driving conditions at a glance





  Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

If you want to enjoy all that nature has to offer by taking your vehicle off-road, a 4WD SUV like the 2017 Toyota 4Runner is your best bet. This is one of the most durable SUVs on the market today. It will be able to accommodate the weight of the 4WD system and meet the hazardous road conditions head-on.  

If you like to remain on paved surfaces, look no further than the 2018 Toyota Rav4 and the 2017 Toyota Highlander. These are popular AWD vehicles in our vast Toyota lineup.  

It doesn’t matter if you are looking to purchase a new Toyota or a pre-owned Toyota near Waite Park, MN, St. Cloud Toyota will provide you with a vehicle that best meets your needs. We strive to provide our customers with the best in customer service no matter the department you visit at our dealership. Stop by today to take one of our vehicles for a test drive to see which drivetrain is right for you.