AWD vs. 4WD

All-Wheel Drive vs. Four-Wheel Drive

At Keyes Lexus, where new and pre-owned Lexus car shoppers know they’ll find the best selection and premier service, we offer our customers in Beverly Hills, CA and Glendale a variety of luxurious Lexus automobiles. Many of our Lexus vehicles have standard or optional all-wheel drive (AWD), and we also have a nice collection of four-wheel drive (4WD) 2017 Lexus LX models. These drivetrains offer big benefits in certain situations – for example, AWD enhances an automobile’s performance in bad weather, and 4WD is ideal for drivers who enjoy off-roading. Experience both options today at our 5905 Van Nuys Blvd Lexus dealership in Van Nuys, CA.

The Difference between AWD and 4WD

AWD and 4WD are both used to improve traction and stability in sedans, SUVs, and trucks. Due to its weight and the fact that it’s designed to function in rugged, off-road environs, 4WD is only found on SUVs and trucks. Available 4WD systems range from simple, part-time systems that can be turned on and off, to complex, full-time systems that offer enhancements like crawl control and driver-selectable terrain modes. These technologies are employed when a truck or SUV needs to climb a steep hill, ford a shallow river, etc. AWD comes standard or optional on a wide range of sedans and SUVs, and its main purpose is to offer better traction and control in bad weather/poor road conditions. AWD is particularly useful in areas that experience harsh winters, but it’s also beneficial for any driver desiring better control than is afforded by a standard front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD) system.

Driving Conditions for AWD and 4WD

If you’re planning to spend a lot of time off-road in your next Lexus vehicle, we recommend purchasing a 2017 Lexus LX. This full-size SUV’s sophisticated 4WD system is ideal for dirt roads, inclines, rocky terrain, and everything else you’ll encounter off the beaten path. Santa Monica, CA Lexus customers will appreciate this SUV’s hill-start assist, crawl control, and selectable multi-terrain system. For drivers planning to do most of their driving on paved roads, a dynamic, AWD-equipped SUV like a 2017 Lexus NX is a great choice. This roomy, energetic SUV looks great and offers superb steering and handling, especially with AWD.

If you only drive sparingly, and/or only when the weather is nice, you can likely do without AWD. Likewise, if off-roading isn’t your thing, 4WD doesn’t make much sense either. But for drivers who drive during all seasons/weather conditions, and for those who frequently explore unpaved environments, these drivetrains will greatly enhance your behind-the-wheel experience and provide added peace of mind. Stop by Keyes Lexus, a highly-rated Van Nuys, CA Lexus dealer with the experience to help you find the perfect Lexus vehicle, to talk about drivetrains further!

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Sedans

IS Base MSRP
$37,825*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
ES Base MSRP
$38,900*
21/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GS Base MSRP
$46,310*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LS Base MSRP
$72,520*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Coupes

RC Base MSRP
$40,155*
22/32 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LC Base MSRP
$92,000*
16/26 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

SUVs

NX Base MSRP
$35,085*
22/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RX Base MSRP
$43,020*
18/25 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
GX Base MSRP
$51,280*
15/20 City/Hwy MPG* AWD
LX Base MSRP
$89,380*
13/18 City/Hwy MPG* Full-Time 4WD

Hybrids

CTh Base MSRP
$31,250*
43/40 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
NXh Base MSRP
$39,720*
35/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RXh Base MSRP
$53,035*
32/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
ESh Base MSRP
$41,820*
40/39 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GSh Base MSRP
$63,635*
29/34 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LCh Base MSRP
$96,510*
26/35 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Performance

GS F Base MSRP
$83,940*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
RC F Base MSRP
$64,165*
16/25 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
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