Front-wheel Drive
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Front-wheel Drive vs. Rear-wheel Drive

Orlando Toyota When you come into our Toyota dealership in Orlando to pick out your next, you probably have a list of qualities in mind already. Maybe you need a family-friendly SUV, or an eco-friendly hybrid option. Maybe towing is up there on your list, or perhaps you’re looking for something sporty but affordable. No matter what it is, we’ll help you find it at an affordable price.

How important is performance in your new Toyota in Orlando?

If your search is more performance-based than anything, then you should make a longer and more detailed list of qualities your new Toyota in Orlando will need to have. Horsepower and torque are always important to consider, as well as towing capabilities and how much the vehicle can haul. However, have you ever considered whether you want front- or rear-wheel drive abilities in your car?

Before you can decide which is more conducive to your drive time needs, you need to know what each of them actually is.

Front-wheel drive:
If your car is front-wheel drive, then the transmission provides power to the front wheels and they’re the ones that power the car’s movement.

Rear-wheel drive:
If your car is rear-wheel drive, the transmission will direct power to your back wheels to move the vehicle.

So, how will the difference affect your drive time? Both have their advantages when it comes to taking your ride out on the road – let’s break it down further.

Front-wheel drive and your new Toyota

Advantages of front-wheel drive:

  • Your car will be a little bit lighter (in terms of curb weight) due to a shorter driveshaft and lighter drivetrain. This means improved fuel economy and more savings when you go to fill up at the gas pump.
  • Better traction in slippery conditions is also a perk of front-wheel drive – the wheels that power the car are right under the heavy engine, giving you more of a handle on things if you’re driving through heavy rain or snow.
  • More interior space is up for grabs – all of your Toyota’s drivetrain elements are located under the hood, which means more space for you on the inside of the car.

Disadvantages of front-wheel drive:

  • Some drivers who like their drive time to be a little bit more exciting think that front-wheel drive takes away from that, as it provides more traction and safer handling capabilities.
  • Taking hard turns and curves at high speeds in a front-wheel drive new Toyota can cause you to lose control, as the car may drift sideways. You also may have to deal with torque steer, which is when one front wheel gets more power than the other and your Orlando Toyota jerks to one side.

Rear-wheel drive and your new Toyota

Advantages of rear-wheel drive:

  • Since the power is coming from the back of your Orlando Toyota, you get a lot more get-up-and-go (i.e., more acceleration).
  • Rear-wheel drive cars are usually more responsive, too; this is because the front end is lighter and quicker to turn and maneuver.
  • More precise stopping power is also in the works when you have a rear-wheel drive Toyota; this is because the weight of the car is better distributed.
  • Oftentimes it’s both easier and cheaper to have a Toyota that’s rear-wheel drive serviced or repaired.

Disadvantages of rear-wheel drive:

  • Since the engine is in the rear of your car, you lose a bit of interior space, making things a bit tighter inside the car (especially in the backseat, where there will be a noticeable lack of space in the foot wells).
  • Less traction in slippery conditions is one notable problem with rear-wheel drive cars, since the wheels that power the car are located behind the heavy engine.
  • Lower fuel economy is one more disadvantage to take into consideration when you’re looking at options that are rear-wheel drive; the mechanical components are often heavier, lowering your fuel efficiency.

As you can see, there are perks and downfalls to both front- and rear-wheel drive. You just need to decide which aspects of performance are most important to you, and then find a car that fits your needs accordingly. We have an amazing selection at Toyota of Orlando, so come down and find the car of your dreams today. We’re at 3575 Vineland Road, just off I-4 near the Millenia Mall!

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