Part of making an informed choice about your next vehicle is whether you want front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD). The difference comes from which set of wheels drives the car forward when you hit the gas pedal. Let's look at both.

Front-wheel drive (FWD) is a simpler design than the rear-wheel setup. This tends to mean the car has a lower price and lighter weight. FWD vehicles also have better traction in rain or snow, than cars with rear-wheel drive. FWD cars tend to be heavier in the front, which makes them harder to steer especially as you accelerate.

Real-wheel drive (RWD) is rugged and make it easy to go over bumps without doing damage. Vehicles with RWD tend to have a better balance and handling. Their downside is the fact they don't do well in rain, snow or ice. Take a test drive at Lithia Subaru of Fresno in Fresno, CA to feel the difference.

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