A Guide on Toyota Car Drivetrains

November 20th, 2019 by

Shopping for a new ride is perhaps one of the biggest homework assignments you’ll ever have to get through. All the research on the particular car you’re looking for, getting your finances in order, and finally shopping for your decided ride is a lot of work. After you’ve researched the size of the fuel tank, the MPG ratings, and the material used in the interior, you might forget or be a tad perplexed about abbreviations like AWD, 4WD, FWD, and so on. If you’re unsure of what these terms mean and how they affect your ride, Toyota of North Charlotte is here to help you out!

These abbreviated terms denote the drivetrain used in the vehicle you’re currently interested in. The car drivetrain essentially determines which wheels will provide power when you push the pedal. Many Toyota models use similar drivetrains, but, with Toyota’s diverse lineup, there are several vehicles out there with different drivetrains that you might not be aware of. Here are some of the ones you’ll find on the various Clermont Toyota cars on our lot!

Clermont Toyota car drivetrain.

Car Drivetrains Explained

Front-Wheel Drive

Luckily, when it comes to remembering the names of drivetrains, it’s fairly easy as the names of different systems are very self-explanatory. For front-wheel drive (FWD) systems, power is delivered from the engine to the two front wheels that propel the vehicle forward and steer it as well. Vehicles like the Clermont Toyota Corolla, Camry, Yaris, RAV4, and Prius use this type of car drivetrain to increase fuel-efficiency by only delivering power to the necessary wheels. If you’re unsure if your vehicle uses FWD, pay attention to where you feel the car move when you push the pedal. If the you feel your car pull forward, it uses FWD.


Four-Wheel Drive 

Popular among many of our off-roading vehicles like the Toyota 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, and Tacoma. This car drivetrain differs from its counterpart, all-wheel drive, by using more specific components to deliver additional power to the four individual wheels of your car. Clermont Toyota vehicles equipped with four-wheel car drivetrain typically use a transfer case that allows the driver to select the power intensity of their drive.


Rear-Wheel Drive

Like FWD, rear-wheel drive directs power to only two of the wheels rather than all four. But, the difference is that rear-wheel directs power to the back two wheels rather than the front. Again, drivers can usually tell based on where they feel push coming from when the accelerator is applied. Many sporty Clermont Toyota cars use this car drivetrain. You can find it in models like the Toyota 86 and the Supra.


All-Wheel Drive

Similar to 4WD, all-wheel drive also directs power to all four wheels to give your vehicle better grip on the road and in rough weather situations. Many SUVs, like the Toyota Highlander, Sequoia, and even the RAV4 have this car drivetrain as an available option.


Still have questions about how car drivetrains work and how they can affect your ride? Toyota of Clermont is here to help! Our auto sales experts can help answer any questions you have and direct you to the perfect ride for you. Shop our inventory online anytime or visit us at 13429 Statesville Road seven days a week!

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