Does FWD stand for front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive?

I was looking for Kia Souls on the website and I see some of them are marked as FWD. Is that four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive?

Stephanie, Grindstone, N.Y.

The Kia Soul comes only with front-wheel drive, so banish any thoughts that FWD stands for four-wheel drive in this case. FWD is an acronym some use for front-wheel drive, and we can see where it could cause confusion. It becomes clearer when expressed in the same breath as RWD (rear-wheel drive).

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The short form of four-wheel drive is 4WD. Many 4WD vehicles today have automatically engaging systems that send power to all wheels only when traction is lost at the main drive wheels, and these are typically described as all-wheel drive (AWD).

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Answered by Rick Popely on January 9, 2013 in I'm Just Wondering | Permalink

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