Which Drivetrain Drives You?
Front wheel? Back wheel? All of them together? It’s an eternal debate among consumers, engineers and car enthusiasts.
Front-wheel drive fans point to efficiencies of interior space, traction benefits, and the inherent value of pulling the car behind you. They ignore torque steer. Meanwhile, traditional American enthusiasts prefer the heady feel of rear tires clawing for grip as the front wheels point the intended direction. (The rear-wheel drivers get to make pretty cool burnouts as well.) Finally, there are those sophisticated—and often snow-bound—WRC enthusiasts who will claim the added traction of all-wheel drive makes up for the penalties in steering feel and weight.
It’s a debate that remains waged in the showroom and in some ways, the rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are certainly the drivetrains of the moment.
What do you prefer?