4×4 or AWD Truck: Which is Better for Winters in BC?

Ram 1500 & Jeep Gladiator | Chilliwack, BC

Canadian winters are nothing to mess around with. From frigid temperatures to snowy roads, you really need a truck that can get around with ease in the winter. But should you choose a truck with 4×4 or all-wheel drive (AWD)? This guide breaks down the two options, explaining which option is best to take on the winter months.

4×4 Drive System

With a full-time 4×4 drive system, your vehicle will send power from the engine to all four wheels, all the time. As the driver, you can typically select either low or high ranges to get the type of traction you need. Because of this, a 4×4 vehicle for the winter is always a good option — especially if you need a truck. A 4×4 truck like the RAM 1500 or Jeep Gladiator doesn’t use 4×4 all the time, but instead adjusts where it sends the power depending on what the road conditions are. This specific drive system is the better choice for deep snow and extreme winter conditions, which is ideal for BC winters.

All-Wheel-Drive System

Like 4×4 systems, all-wheel drive (AWD) sends power to all four of the vehicle’s wheels, allowing you to get the traction you need when you need it. Unlike the 4×4 system, though, AWD doesn’t give you control over the range of your AWD. Instead, it works automatically. Because of this, while AWD is good in inclement weather, it’s not as good as the 4×4 system for the Chilliwack cold season.

Contact us at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram if you have any more questions about which drivetrain you should pick. Or stop by to test-drive one of our 4×4 models.

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