The popularity of 4×4, also known as All-Wheel Drive, vehicles becomes apparent when you step onto any of the dealer lots associated with Beach Boulevard of Cars. SUVs, trucks, and crossovers often offer that advance as a standard or optional feature. And even sedans and compacts sometimes include it to increase sportiness.
A 4×4 is useful in Southern California when you head for the mountains on a ski trip or go off-roading in the desert. It increases your vehicle’s grip on the road during low-traction scenarios, such as when you’re making quick lane changes on rain-slicked freeways. They also give you firmer footing over gravel or mud, or when you’re trying to go down a steep incline over a dirt road.
You typically get three settings with an all-wheel drive.
One caveat is that you do not engage four-wheel drive on smooth and dry roads or you could damage your vehicle’s drivetrain. Because four-wheel drive engages all wheels, stopping becomes less efficient in such situations, particularly at high speeds. Instead, depend on a two-wheel drive for everyday driving, which will also pump up your gas mileage.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the advantages of 4×4 High or Low, pay a visit to any of our dealers at Beach Blvd of Cars. Our sales consultant will be thrilled to answer your questions and take you on a test drive.