Pros and Cons of a Rear-Wheel Drive Car

A rear-wheel drive car (RWD car) shifts the majority of the propelling action through the back wheels, leaving the front wheels in place primarily for steering. When deciding whether or not to choose a RWD drive car, consider the following pros and cons:

Pros: Durable, Better at Control (Most of the Time)

There are many benefits to owning a rear-wheel drive car and that's why many police vehicles are RWD cars. Having a RWD car with a solid axle design makes the car quite durable, so running over rough terrain-or even just potholes or curbs-is far less likely to cause damage in the RWD cars than in other vehicles. The RWD cars also offer better control if the weather is clement; you'll have better steering, better stopping and better acceleration. This is due to a more balanced weight distribution and the fact that the rear tires can propel and stop the car faster.

Cons: Not Suited for Poor Weather

A great disadvantage of the rear-wheel drive car is that it's not suited for snowy, icy, rainy or otherwise slippery conditions. Front-wheel drive gives you better control when you need to make the vehicle drive on slippery surfaces without skidding as much. While some RWD car owners can make do in rainy weather, it can be extremely difficult to use RWD cars in snowy or icy conditions.