Toyota of N Charlotte’s quick guide to Toyota drivetrains

A quick guide to Toyota drivetrains

When you’re car shopping, you’ve got a lot of decisions to make – we get it. We know it can be a little overwhelming to answer all the questions about your drive time needs and wants. You’ve got to think about the size of the vehicle, fuel efficiency, technology, safety, and let’s be real… paint and interior colors. You want the perfect ride if you’re going to plunk down that chunk of money, but there’s just one more thing you might want to add to your list of things to consider – the type of drivetrain you’re going to need.

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Which N Charlotte Toyota drivetrain is right for you?

There are four main types of Toyota drivetrains and Toyota of North Charlotte is here to break them down for you. Check out our quick guide below to help expedite your car shopping process!

Front-wheel drive: This type of Toyota drivetrain is the most common, and you’ll find it in our popular sedans like the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Avalon. In FDW cars, the power from the engine is directed to the two front wheels, which then pull the car forward and also steer it. This type of Toyota drivetrain offers better fuel efficiency than the others and is the most common option you’ll find in our lineup.

Rear-wheel drive: Rear-wheel drive (RWD) cars are a little less common. They’re the opposite of front-wheel drive cars – power is sent to the rear two wheels instead of the front two wheels, and the rear wheels push the car forward. This drivetrain is popular in sports cars, like the Toyota Supra and Toyota 86, as well as trucks like the N Charlotte Toyota Tundra and Tacoma. It’s a more powerful option than FWD (which is why it’s popular in the N Charlotte Toyotas we mentioned).

All-wheel drive: All-wheel drive is becoming a more popular option in cars because of the performance and safety advantages it offers. All-wheel drive is typically “on” all the time and sends power to all four wheels of your vehicle. This offers an advantage because if one or two wheels loses traction (like when you’re driving on a slippery surface), the other two are still powering the car, giving you more control to steer and stop your vehicle.

Four-wheel drive: Four-wheel drive Toyota drivetrains are perfect for off-roading. This feature can be offered in “part-time”, meaning drivers can use it when they need to and turn it off when they don’t. Like all-wheel drive, power is delivered to all four wheels of the vehicle for more control and traction and utilizes a transfer case to send power to them.

Test drive them all at Toyota of N Charlotte

Still not sure which Toyota drivetrain is right for you? Come down to Toyota of N Charlotte to experience them all. We’re open seven days a week at 13429 Statesville Road, just off I-77 at exit 23 in Huntersville.

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