Living in a region of the country with four distinct seasons certainly has benefits, but one downside can be finding a vehicle that can handle the year-round changing weather. With the rise in popularity and production of all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles in the last couple of decades, it has become much easier and more affordable to find one vehicle that can do it all.
In many places, the most important factor in wanting or needing all-wheel-drive vehicles is to ease winter driving. When road surfaces are dry, or even when it is raining, arriving safely at your destination is not nearly as difficult as when the roads are covered in snow. But is having an all-wheel-drive vehicle really worth it, just for one season?
The short answer is, yes. Although front-wheel drive is generally preferred to rear-wheel drive in winter, all-wheel drive is even better. Even when fitted to vehicles that don't have above-average ground clearance or accessories such as winter tires, all-wheel drive provides an advantage in traction from simply driving more than two wheels that is astounding.
Combine the benefits of better traction with the lack of downsides in modern all-wheel-drive vehicles, and the technology becomes even more appealing. With recent advances in all-wheel-drive technology, concerns such as fuel economy and reliability compared with two-wheel-drive vehicles are things of the past. For example, many current all-wheel-drive systems do not send power to all four wheels unless there is a loss of traction.
This means that under normal driving conditions you can have the fuel economy of a two-wheel-drive vehicle but still have the confidence of all-wheel drive, just in case Mother Nature throws unexpected weather your way. In addition to better fuel economy, not driving all four wheels all the time also means less wear and tear on the moving parts of your vehicle. These benefits all add up to many viable vehicle choices for all regions of the country.
For 2014, all-wheel drive is available on the Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave. Keeping passengers safe, comfortable, and confident throughout the year is what Buick's all-wheel-drive vehicles do best.