For those of you that have always wondered what the "4x4" or "4x2" on a vehicle description means, today's your lucky day. Because I'm going to give you a quick rundown of what they are and how they differ.

Four-Wheel Drive
This is an axle setup where a vehicle's engine can move all four wheels simultaneously. Four-wheel drive can be reactive, sending more engine power to wheels that have less traction to stablize the ride. This is ideal for off-road ventures where things can get a little rocky.

Front/Rear-Wheel Drive
This drive uses an axle that only sends torque to the two back wheels or the two front ones. This is found mostly on city cars like sedans, SUVs and vans.

Which One Should You Get?
Assuming the vehicle you're looking at offers both 4x4 and 4x2 trims, where you intend on driving it will decide which one is best for you. If you plan on taking it off-road frequently, 4x4 is for you. For a standard, everyday commuter, 4x2 will serve your needs.
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