Any time you shop for a new vehicle or even see an ad for a vehicle, you’re bound to come across all-wheel drivetrains, if applicable. There are some obvious reasons to get all-wheel drive, but are those reasons worth it? Like anything in life, there are pros and cons to having all-wheel drive. Let’s check out some reasons to consider upgrading your drivetrain and determine if it’s worth it.
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Why should I consider all-wheel drive?
This is the most obvious reason we alluded to above. And this is not a debatable aspect. All four wheels spin when AWD is activated which helps on slippery surfaces. Also, if the front or back tires are stuck, a two-wheel drivetrain could be totally out of luck. With AWD, you will have a much easier time getting your tires out of snow, ice, slush, or other less-than-ideal road conditions.
Higher resale value
Unlike the previous point, this one isn’t always so cut and dried. If you think that there might be a possibility of selling your vehicle down the line, AWD vehicles generally have a higher resale value. Whether you look to trade it in or sell it independently, you could get more money than if the same vehicle had front-wheel drive. Why? AWD costs more to equip upfront. It makes the vehicle more capable and dependable which both add to its monetary value.
Peace of mind
Living in a wintery climate comes with unique driving stress. You can make it easier on yourself just by knowing that you have AWD, even if you use it sparingly. For some drivers, this peace of mind is enough to justify AWD.
Of course, there are drawbacks. AWD vehicles usually aren’t as efficient and they cost more. Some modern technologies have allowed two-wheel drivetrains to have great traction as well. However, it never truly matches the capability of AWD. We think that these small cons are largely outweighed by the pros listed above.