Front-wheel or rear-wheel -- does it matter for city driving?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by kylera, Feb 10, 2013.

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    kylera

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    I may buy a car - my first car ever - sometime later this year, so I've been looking up various models sold here. One thing that came up to mind, though, is whether front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel can play any role into a purchase. As mentioned in the title, I don't intend to do anything harsh or heavy with my car - just drive it to work in the city or buy groceries.
     
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    SandboxGeneral

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    The front wheel drive will aid you when it snows better than a rear wheel drive. Otherwise there isn't too much advantage between them unless you want to race around. Then the rear wheel drive will have an advantage. But normal city driving, you could go either way.
     
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    maflynn

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    Front wheeled is more then adequate for most people.

    All wheeled drive has a benefit of better performance through snow or mud (if you go off roading) but at a higher cost.

    Rear wheeled cars are rare at this point, mostly only on some sports cars. I've seen these cars try to handle the snow and since there's no weight in the trunk, the back end tends to fish tale very easily.

    I'd go for front wheeled since its great for 95% of your driving needs imo
     
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    In situations where levels of traction aren't concerned (as the two above me have said already) there isn't much difference. FWD cars do have torque steer, but that really only shows through with more power (and manufacturers try to limit it's effects in the cars).
     
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    Unless you get a lot of snow or drive in it, then a front wheel drive vehicle would suit you fine.
     
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    Depends on the vehicle, really. One thing I always hated about front wheel drive is that almost inevitably having to replace the CV joints at some point down the road. With rear wheel drive that's a non-issue.

    My SUV is rear wheel drive and I don't have any issues with slipping on mud, ice, or snow. But if you want to drive a small car, you likely won't have much of a choice there.
     
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    I would prefer AWD . But I'd settle for FWD .
     

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