Why Buy: 4WD vs AWD
When traction is a priority, having four powered wheels on a vehicle is one of the best ways to ensure you have it. Nissan engineers have developed two methods for delivering power to all the wheels — Nissan intuitive all-wheel drive and Nissan four-wheel drive. Both enhance traction, control, and performance in slippery conditions, but they go about it in slightly different ways.
Nissan Intuitive All-Wheel Drive
Nissan intuitive AWD technology utilizes advanced sensors to detect how much power each wheel needs at any given time. With AWD technology, each wheel continuously receives some amount of drive determined by the onboard computer. There are numerous advantages to relying on the sensors: they can respond to rapidly changing road conditions in the blink of an eye. A patch of ice that suddenly reduces traction on one tire can be seamlessly made up for by the other three.
Nissan Four-Wheel Drive
The Nissan 4WD system differs from the AWD technology in that it offers selectable driving modes to the operator of the vehicle. 4WD systems are highly flexible for both on and off-road driving conditions. Two-wheel drive mode can be enabled so that it powers only the front or rear wheels when the added power and traction of 4WD isn’t required in the warmer months of the year. Two-wheel drive is great for normal commuting or highway conditions as it saves on gas by conserving power. Auto Mode is closer in function to AWD in that it goes between powering only two wheels or all four depending on what requirements are needed at any moment. Finally, 4WD can be enabled at all times providing full unbridled power to all tires for the highest amount of traction in extreme off-road conditions.
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