When people are shopping for cars, they’re naturally going to try to find the best new cars on the market. There’s no way you can tell if a given vehicle is a great find, however, if you don’t have a working knowledge of its key systems.

We’ve been Indianapolis, IN car dealers long enough to remember the days when rear-wheel drive was the automotive industry’s drivetrain of choice. Today, automobiles are made with more than one kind of drivetrain. It’s important for you to understand what a drivetrain is and what drivetrains are available on modern cars because the drivetrain that a car has will influence your driving experience.

A drivetrain is the system that delivers power to an automobile’s wheels. It doesn’t include the components that generate power. Instead, a drivetrain only includes the parts that are responsible for getting the power your engine or motor generates to your automobile’s wheels.

If you’re in the market for new or pre-owned automobile, you’ll probably come across four different kinds of drivetrains, including front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive. If you hear the term “two-wheel drive” when you’re looking at a car, the vehicle has either front- or rear-wheel drive.

Front-wheel drive refers to automobiles that send power to their front wheels at the exclusion of their back wheels. As you can probably guess, a rear-wheel drive system sends power only to a car’s rear wheels. While all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems send power to all four tires, four-wheel drive systems are normally more robust than all-wheel drive systems. This makes four-wheel drive systems more attractive for the majority of off-road enthusiasts.

If you want to see what it feels like to be behind the wheel of vehicles that have different drivetrains, visit one of the locations that make up our automotive group and take a few automobiles for a test drive. If you have questions about drivetrains or any of the vehicles we have for sale or lease, contact Tom Wood Automotive Group today.

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