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What are some benefits of all-wheel-drive vehicles?

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The benefits of all-wheel-drive vehicles include improved dry handling, increased traction, higher resale value and better acceleration. All-wheel-drive vehicles handle unpaved roads better, as well as harsh weather conditions such as snow and rains. An AWD system gives power to all four wheels of a vehicle.

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AWD vehicles with torque vectoring have an improved dry handling capability. For example, the AWD Acura TL 2013 has super handling AWD that distributes torque to all wheels, thus helping with cornering. The vehicles have a greater resale value than the two-wheel-drive cars. The resale value is even better if a person lives in an area with harsh weather conditions where the demand for AWDs is high. The depreciation curve of these cars falls initially but later recovers its value.

AWD vehicles have improved traction that can help when towing items. Improved traction also aids to navigate through slippery terrain or when two wheels are stuck. Knowing the car can handle such conditions gives the driver peace of mind. The AWD system distributes the traction needs on all four wheels, enabling the vehicle to accelerate better than a two-wheel-drive car in harsh weather.

AWDs, however, have a lower fuel economy, and their initial cost is significantly higher than their two-wheel-drive counterparts. The maintenance costs are also higher.

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