What Are Some Ford Models of All-Wheel Drive Cars?

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Ford offers all-wheel drive as an option on several of its cars, as of 2015, including the Fusion and Taurus sedans and the Focus RS hatchback. Many older Fords also featured all-wheel drive, most notably the Ford RS200 Group B rally car from the 1980s.

Most of Ford's all-wheel drive systems in use on modern cars are variants of Ford's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive design. Vehicles using this system do not send power to all four wheels during normal driving, instead operating essentially as front-wheel drive cars under normal conditions. The system only sends power to the rear wheels if the car's sensors detect a loss of traction at the front wheels. While Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is thought to be more fuel-efficient than always-on all-wheel drive designs, some drivers find that the front-drive bias of the system results in a less responsive and involved driving experience, as compared to vehicles with balanced or rear-biased all-wheel drive.

A notable exception to the front-wheel bias usually employed on Ford's all-wheel drive cars is the 2016 Ford Focus RS. This vehicle utilizes a dual-clutch, torque-vectoring, all-wheel drive design that can send up to 70 percent of the engine's 315 horsepower output to the car's rear wheels. The Focus RS also distributes the bulk of the engine's torque to the outside rear wheel during cornering, leading to power oversteer, drifting and cornering behavior more akin to that of a rear-wheel drive car.