Is it better to have front-wheel drive?

I am thinking about purchasing a Cadillac, but it does not have front-wheel drive.

C Jay, Kansas City, Mo.

Front-wheel drive will be the better choice if you’re concerned about winter drivability. Components of a front-wheel-drive system sit over the front drive wheels, which put additional weight over the traction wheels for more grip in slippery conditions.

Rear-wheel-drive systems typically have better weight distribution for performance dynamics. Most luxury sports sedans such as the Cadillac CTS, BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G37 use a rear-wheel-drive configuration.


Today’s cars aren’t completely useless in the snow. Technologies such as traction and stability control help rear-wheel-drive cars in the winter. Front-wheel drive will still have an advantage digging through the snow, but tires are a key factor, and buying a set of winter tires is also an option for rear-wheel-drive cars.

In Cadillac’s lineup, the CTS and more-expensive STS are rear-wheel drive, but they do have available all-wheel-drive systems. This should address any concerns about winter driving with a Cadillac. The sole front-wheel-drive offering in Cadillac’s stable is the DTS.

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Answered by Joe Bruzek on June 29, 2010 in Cadillac , Cadillac CTS | Permalink

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