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Are sedans all-wheel drive?

Sedans with All-Wheel Drive Capability

All-wheel drive is commonly associated with large vehicles like SUVs and trucks, made for off-road adventures and extravaganzas. However, not everyone needs such a big vehicle for their daily life, but still may want the advantages brought by all-wheel drive, such as increased control in wintry or slippery conditions (and we certainly get a lot of that here in Wisconsin!)

A sedan is the most practical vehicle for many buyers, tending to boast economical prices, advanced technology, and timeless comfort and style. Do sedans come with all-wheel drive?

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Not all sedans are equipped with all-wheel drive, but some are. It’s certainly rarer to find than in a larger vehicle, but it can be done. Getting an all-wheel drive equipped sedan is a great way to reap the benefits of improved control and capability on a smaller and more economical ride.

Dark grey 2019 Mazda3 parked by a stone brick building on a cobblestone street.Which sedans are all-wheel drive?

Notable sedans that can be equipped with all-wheel drive include:

Why buy a sedan with all-wheel drive?

All-wheel drive allows a vehicle to perform better on off-road terrain, along with inclement weather like snow and rain, or slippery conditions.

With all-wheel drive, power is sent intelligently to all four wheels. If one wheel loses traction or grip, having four wheels powered will increase handling ability. It also grants improved acceleration.

Note that even if your vehicle has all-wheel drive, don’t overestimate its capability in inclement conditions. It can still lose control unexpectedly, so always drive cautiously and appropriate to the situation.

Is all-wheel drive the same as four-wheel drive?

All-wheel drive is different from four-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive sends uniform power to the axles, and shouldn’t be driven on dry, even streets. It can make turning an issue. This system is for off-roading or bad conditions only.

All-wheel drive, on the other hand, is more intelligent, and sends power to the wheels that most need it. This keeps performance optimized. Examples of systems include Volkswagen 4MOTION® AWD and Mazda i-ACTIV® AWD.