What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

When looking at different performance options, you commonly see drivetrain configurations listed as FWD or RWD. Front-wheel drive (FWD) refers to a car that sends power to the front wheels, which pulls the car forward. This is the easiest to design and works best for small, compact cars and sedans. While it does not have the same power as other drivetrains, you get more gas mileage and some cars with turbocharged engines can achieve faster acceleration.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD) options refer to the engine passing power through the driveshaft down to the rear differential or the back wheels. In this way, your car is pushed forward, which is why sports cars get such praise for going 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds. With RWD, the configuration provides more horsepower and towing capacity, as well as better handling in difficult road conditions.

Which one is best for you? Why not try them all? You can head to Patrick BMW located in Schaumburg to set up the perfect test drive and pick the car that suits your performance needs.


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