Do I need AWD?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQs, Safety, Service and Maintenance, Tires on Monday, January 13th, 2020 at 5:00 pm
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The Truth About AWD Vehicles

These days, it seems like there’s two buzzwords in the auto industry: crossover and AWD. There’s good reason for this, as both are highly desirable. But just like you don’t necessarily need a crossover, you may be wondering if you actually need AWD or if it’s just a marketing ploy. The only way to know for certain is to consider the evidence and then decide if AWD is the correct decision for your situation.

Let’s answer the question:

Do I need AWD?


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Is AWD Worth It?

It depends. If you live somewhere where there is a lot of snow, mud, or other precipitation, then yes, you should get an AWD vehicle. However, if you have a FWD vehicle with the proper tires and mainly do city and highway driving, then you’ll most likely be just fine. If have a RWD vehicle and plan to move somewhere where roads are not well kept in poor weather, then you do need an AWD vehicle.

AWD Advantages

No matter where you live, having a vehicle with the ability to supply power to each wheel means there is less chance you can get stuck in any given situation. When paired with the proper tires, getting stuck in an AWD vehicle is something you actively have to try to do. If you have an advanced AWD system, like Volkswagen 4Motion, then it’s even more difficult to get stuck.

Tires are Key

Tires are the fulcrum where every performance metric a vehicle touts is actually put into practice. They are one of, if not the, most important parts of your vehicle. Think of it like this: if you gave an Olympic runner a pair of shoes with slick soles and told them to run at full speed across a frozen lake, the results would be disastrous. Same for your car. Likewise, if you gave normal person a pair of winter boots fitted with ice cleats, despite being at a performance-based disadvantage, the normal person would make it across faster (probably). Thus, a FWD car with great tires will outperform an AWD one with bald tires.

Looking for Something New?

Want to upgrade to something with AWD? Give us a ring. We can set you up with the car you want at a price you can afford. If you’ve decided that you only need new tires, then we can help with that too.

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