The Redeye Complex
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Not all AWD are the same.
While reviewing the Nissan Rogue on Motoring 2008 today, Graeme Fletcher made a quick comment about all wheel drive systems. How some AWDs are not as good as others. In Friday's National Post, he expands on this oberservation/opinion.
When it comes to all-wheel drive, everything should be pretty straightforward; after all, the system's name tells you it drives all the wheels. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The difference is simple: Some systems drive all of the wheels all of the time, while others power up only the allwheel-drive side when the primary drive wheels (usually the front wheels) begin to slip. The problem with this strategy is timing.
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