Sorting Out the Different Drivetrains

Hillview Motors in Greensburg, PA offers a wide variety of new Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM models that are designed to fit the lifestyle of every driver. If you’re looking for a new or used car, you probably have a list of “must haves”, including performance, safety features, and infotainment. However, have you thought about the type of drivetrain you need? It’s something that many forget to consider, but it’s extremely important.

What is the Drivetrain System?

Drivetrain is a group of components that send power to the wheels. You might also hear the term “powertrain”, but that refers to a vehicle’s engine, motor, and drivetrain.

There are 4 drivetrain types:

  1. 2020_jeep_wranglerFront-wheel drive (FWD) – Sends power to front wheels
  2. Rear-wheel drive (RWD) – Sends power to rear wheels
  3. All-wheel drive (AWD) – Sends power to all 4 wheels, but distributes more power to the wheel that needs it most
  4. Four-wheel drive (4WD) – Gives equal power to all four wheels at all times


Drivetrains of Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and RAM Models

When looking at drivetrains, you need to think about your lifestyle and needs. Here’s a brief review of popular Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM vehicles.

Chrysler Drivetrains

Vehicles like the Chrysler 300 sedan have advanced all-wheel drive, which offers better traction and response in different road and weather conditions. Something like the Chrysler Pacifica minivan comes with front-wheel drive.

Dodge Drivetrains

Vehicles like the Dodge Durango SUV and Dodge Challenger are offered with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Jeep Drivetrains

Jeep models are the vehicles of choice if you enjoy outdoor adventures. Most models come with either all-wheel drive or Jeep 4×4 (4WD). The Jeep 4×4 system is extremely capable when is comes time to tackle extreme weather and terrain. You can take a Jeep Cherokee or Jeep Wrangler almost anywhere.

RAM Drivetrains

Trucks are built to haul and tow over rough terrain. The All-New RAM 1500 comes with either rear-wheel drive or 4×4, which provides a more stable ride. The RAM system switches from 2WD to 4WD as needed. Meanwhile, AWD is always engaged so it automatically responds to changing road and weather conditions.

If you’re ready to buy or lease a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM vehicle, come in for a test drive at Hillview Motors. We look forward to seeing you soon.