You’ve probably heard the term “front-wheel drive” and “rear-wheel drive” thrown around a lot, but do you know what they mean? There are different types of drive trains for vehicles, and they control how the vehicle operates and handles. If you’re searching for a certain kind of driving experience, it’s best that you know the difference between these two types of drive trains. Toyota of Orlando is explaining the difference so you can purchase the kind of new Toyota you want!
Front-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive
We have a variety of new Toyota vehicles in Orlando that are front-wheel drive. This means that engine power is transferred to the transmission and then delivered to the front two wheels of a vehicle. The drive train delivers this power to the wheels and causes them to turn and move your vehicle. They are also responsible for steering.
Toyota of Orlando also has a handful of rear-wheel drive vehicles. The cars and trucks that are rear-wheel drive, has the transmission deliver engine power to the back two wheels. The front two tires determine the direction of the vehicle, but the back two get the vehicle moving.
What type of new Toyota should you buy?
Now that you know the terms and differences between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive, it’s important to know the pros and cons of both! This will help you determine which is a better fit for your lifestyle, and narrow down your options when buying a new Toyota in Orlando.
Pros of buying a front-wheel drive Toyota
- Most commonly found on cars, and is found on the cheaper vehicles
- Creates better fuel efficiency
- Allows for better traction slippery roads
Cons of buying a front-wheel drive Toyota
- Front-wheel drive vehicles can turn as sharply. This makes for a wide U-turn.
- These types of vehicles sometimes have a tendency to pull to one side while accelerating.
Pros of buying a rear-wheel drive Toyota
- Better handling and performance driving.
- Can tow and handle heavy-duty payloads better.
Cons of buying a rear-wheel drive Toyota
- More expensive sticker price
- Not as good at keeping traction
- Reduces fuel efficiency
Have you determined which kind of drive train is best for you? Our Toyota dealership in Orlando has a large selection of vehicles that offer both of these drive trains. When it comes to front-wheel drive cars, we have new Toyota cars like the:
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Camry
- Toyota RAV4 (also available with all-wheel drive)
- Toyota Prius
Toyota of Orlando also has more than a handful of vehicles that are rear-wheel drive, like the:
- Toyota Tacoma
- Toyota Tundra
- Toyota 4Runner
- Scion FR-S (soon to be the Toyota 86!)
As you can see, most vehicles that are front-wheel drive are sedans while most vehicles that are rear-wheel drive are bigger trucks and SUVs. This is with the exception of the Scion FR-S which is an affordable sports car that is known for its high performance.
If you want to test drive a new Toyota in Orlando, visit us! We’re located at 3575 Vineland Road, just off of I-4!