So, what is AWD on a car? All-wheel drive is intended for use on asphalt — yes, it will work on other surfaces, too, but it’s mostly made for general driving. Put simply, an all-wheel-drive car has to ability to send power to all four wheels at once. This generally makes a car more powerful than its two-wheel-drive counterparts. It should be noted that an AWD car does this all the time whereas a 4WD option would only do it when needed. You should also know that with an all-wheel-drive car, the wheels can go at different speeds during turns, according to Car and Driver.
AWD can be found in just about any car category, but you mostly see it on high-performance cars, modern SUVs, and passenger cars the most. This is because AWD cars can be driven in just about any weather condition and these types of cars are usually the everyday commuters needed to take kids to school or to run general errands. One way to look at AWD cars is that they are very general and can be applied to most situations, and they may prove particularly useful when it’s raining or snowing outside.