front-wheel drive

An important feature of a vehicle is the wheel drive. Vehicles of all shapes and types act differently on various surfaces depending on whether they feature front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive.

This is post about FWD (Front Wheel Drive). Front wheel drive is a system where the engine power is going directly to the front wheels. There are a few advantages to having a front wheel drive car.
1. Traction
The setup positions the bulk of the weight over the front wheels, which results in better traction in slippery conditions.
2. Fuel Millage
Front wheel drive cars eliminate weight by getting rid of the separate transmission and axle assemblies used in rear wheel drive cars. This also gets your car better fuel mileage.
3. Interior
Front wheel drive makes for a very compact engine compartment, with minimal intrusion into the interior cabin of the vehicle (no large hump for the driveshaft, now just a smaller hump to route exhaust, fuel lines, etc.

4. Cheaper to Build
Front-drive powertrains are also cheaper to build as they combine the engine and transmission into a single unit, and since the components weigh less, front-drive cars inherently tend to get better fuel economy than comparable rear-drive models.
One other disadvantage of front-wheel drive is that the engine and transmission are both crammed into the front of the car. So it’s often more difficult, and therefore more expensive, to have major repair work done on a front-wheel drive car, compared to a rear-wheel drive model.
Front-wheel-drive designs have been around since the earliest days of automobiles; however, the front-wheel drivetrain did not become popular until the 1970s. Most passenger vehicles on the road today use front-wheel drive (FWD).

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