Which Kia Vehicles Have All-Wheel Drive?

You've checked out every new Kia vehicle on the lot here in Ocala, FL, from our sedan and hatchback offerings to SUVs and vans, even taking a look at a model or two in our used car and truck lineup. You've seen every term from "front- or two-wheel drive" and "rear-wheel drive" to "all-wheel drive," too, and you probably know each describes a drivetrain, your vehicle's power transmission system. But you've also likely wondered "what's the actual difference between FWD, RWD, and AWD?" Let the pros here at Jenkins Kia of Ocala keep it simple for you.

FWD systems (sometimes called two-wheel-drive or 2WD) incorporate engines, transmissions, and differentials in the front end of a vehicle, delivering turning and pulling power to the front wheels. They're good for everyday driving, whether that's a 9-to-5 down the highway, ferrying the family between school, extracurriculars, or a weekend adventure, or both. However, they manage with less push than, say, an RWD vehicle like a performance car. This train's driveshaft sends power from the engine up front to the wheels in the rear, using a differential to make 90-degree turns.

It's with AWD, however, that driving gets more capable down bad roads and through worse weather.

Some systems deliver four-wheel power when you need it, called part-time AWD. But full-time variants, like Kia Dynamax, are permanent and always-on. This specialized drivetrain is optional in both the new Kia Sportage and its LX, EX, and SX Turbo trims as well as the latest Kia Sorento and its base LX, SX, SX Limited, LX V6, and EX V6 trims.

It uses electronic sensors to monitor road conditions continuously, allocating power between wheels dynamically and delivering the best possible traction for more confident control. There's even an available driver-activated locking center differential in both select Kia SUV trims and AWD-equipped sports cars like the all-new Kia Stinger to enhance it at low speeds. What's more, optional Torque Vectoring Cornering Control can correct potential understeer using helpful auto braking, and you can find a dynamic version in the latter. Now factor in new Stinger elements like an electronically-controlled transfer case, which sends power proper to driving conditions to both axles. Whether you go SUV or sports sedan, the result is clear: superb stability and handling during any season.

Other benefits abound with a Kia AWD system, too. Step into a new Kia Sportage, for example, and you'll find a capable hauler ready to tow up to 2,000 pounds. Opt for a new Kia Sorento, and that ratchets up to 5,000 pounds. But these aren't the only ones. Asking yourself which new all-wheel-drive Kia vehicle is right for you? Your test-drive is just a phone call away, at (352) 414-4546, or you're welcome to stop by 2305 SW College Road for a visit. We look forward to setting you up in the driver's seat!

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