When shopping for a new car, Four-Wheel Drive (4WD) is an important and powerful technology that everyone should consider. At the most basic level, 4WD enhances traction, stability, and overall performance to deliver a superior driving experience no matter the conditions on the road. Read on to learn more about what 4WD is and how to make use of 4WD on the road, and be sure to stop by Don Robinson Mitsubishi to go for a test drive in a new 4WD enabled vehicle.
What is 4WD?
A vehicle with 4WD uses a sophisticated system of sensors that monitor factors such as throttle and individual wheel speed in order to distribute torque between all four wheels to maximize traction and performance. Different automakers may have different names for this technology—this technology is part of Mitsubishi’s All-Wheel Control System, for instance—but the basic operation is the same across brands.
What are the benefits of 4WD?
4WD technology can make a world of difference when it comes to maintaining optimal handling and traction in a huge variety of driving conditions. 4WD is especially useful under wet, icy, or muddy conditions, as it can prevent your vehicle from getting stuck. 4WD isn’t just for the adventurous off-road driver, though. Vehicles such as the sporty 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer benefit from 4WD technology as well to deliver exceptional handling around tight corners no matter what you encounter on the road.
When to use 4WD
The most important time to engage 4WD is when driving on particularly slick surfaces, such as ice, snow, mud, or smooth rock. Ifyou vehicle has the option, 4H (high gear) is best to use when you need extra traction but need to continue at a relatively high speed. 4L, on the other hand, provides much more torque, which you may need to get out of a tricky situation.
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