Date registered: Dec 1998
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Re: Please explain!
Well front wheel drive cars do have somewhat of an advantage in snow and ice, but that's about it. Many front wheel drive cars have a front weight bias because everything is in the front therefore getting better traction in adverse weather. A reason I came up with why FWDs get better traction in snow, is because FWD are generally cars with less power!! Less power, less spinning, more traction. RWD with a bunch of power will break 'em right loose! :) <br>
In normal conditions, rear wheel drive cars are better, for one, because if you accelerate, where does the weight shift? The back. Also, in front wheel drive cars, you get torque steer since you are getting power to the same wheels which you are steering with. So with rear wheel drive cars, the front and the back are splitting the work since one is steering and one is driving. Another reason, RWD cars usually have better front/back weight distribution since the motor/tranny/drive axle are spaced out and not all bunched up in one ball like a FWD. And in performance and handling, good weight distribution is key. <br>
So, the point is, is that with everyday run-of-the-mill cars to get from A to B, front wheel drive is just fine and has advantages. But if you are buying a car for performance, driving just to drive, 'the experience' if you will, then RWD is the victor. Also, sorry for sounding condescending in my last post.