Four-Wheel Drive vs Front-Wheel Drive
There are a variety of drivetrains available in modern cars, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Two of the main configurations are four-wheel drive and front-wheel drive. While the main difference lies in efficiency and handling, some drivers may prefer one over the other.
Four-wheel drive is generally used for off-roading and with inclement road conditions such as slick pavement. The system adds a significant amount of weight to a vehicle, resulting in lower fuel economy. Modern vehicles generally feature full-time or part-time systems. The former allows the system to switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive automatically. Part-time requires the driver to manually switch between the two.
Front-wheel drive is primarily used in passenger vehicles and generally earns higher fuel economy. This system ideal for climbing hills at the engine sits over the front wheels, resulting in better traction.
So, which Mitsubishi models come with each configuration?
To keep things simple, all Mitsubishi models come with standard front-wheel drive. The Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport, however, feature available four-wheel drive systems that increase their overall capability, versatility, and reliability on all road conditions.
Now in its final year, the2017 MitsubishiLancer is in a class of its own. The compact sports car features front-wheel drive with an available all-wheel drive configuration. All-wheel drive is active at all times and can’t be turned off like four-wheel drive.