Rear Wheel Drive or Front Wheel Drive – Which is better?

This question will always be the starter of an argument between car enthusiasts. Some say that FWD is better, some say that RWD is better, but who is right? There is no right or wrong here, it’s a matter of personal preference.

RWD advantages

Most car enthusiasts prefer RWD for better acceleration and cornering. This is because the car tends to push its weight back and the weight makes the grip better. Also, the front wheels don’t have any other function except for steering… And maybe drifting, but that’s not important right now. RWD is actually good for performance cars, because acceleration and cornering are important for good track times.

Disadvantages of RWD

There are people who believe that RWD is extremely dangerous, especially if you live in a place where it snows a lot. No matter what kind of space technology a car has that prevents oversteer and sliding into a ditch, people will always think that RWD is dangerous. Actually, driving on a snowy day can be dangerous for both RWD and FWD cars if you don’t drive safely and pay attention.

FWD advantages

Now it’s time to go over some things FWD is good for. If you actually do live in a place where it snows a lot, it would maybe be better to own a FWD car. The engine weight helps FWD cars have better traction when driving on a snowy road. Also, there is more space in the car and the fuel efficiency is better in comparison to RWD cars. FWD cars are usually cheaper as well.


Regarding safety, well, FWD is probably better. With RWD oversteer is very common especially when inexperienced drivers want to show off. Sideway crashes are far more dangerous and sliding sideways can make the car roll over or even flip. The top and sides of a car have far less space that protects the passengers. That’s something to think about.

Depending on what you use your car for, you can choose FWD or RWD. If you’re a race-type of enthusiast and speed, cornering and general performance are important to you, you should think about a RWD car. If on the other hand you use your daily driver for car meet-ups and events, without racing and burning rubber, FWD is the way to go.

So there you have it, FWD and RWD shortly explained and there is no conclusion on which is better. Personal preference and usage determine which is better.