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Knowing The Difference Between AWD & 4WD Will Help You Make An Informed Decision


When deciding on your next off-road capable vehicle, it is important to understand that there are several different options out there. From trucks, to SUVs, to crossovers, there is no shortage of options with this popular auto trend.

One of the most important things to understand is the difference between the two available drivetrains.

All-wheel drive is in all-wheel mode all of the time. It monitors the traction of all four wheels electronically, and will reroute power accordingly if slippage is detected in order to maintain the best level of traction at all times.

A 4WD vehicle...
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Why a used 2016 Toyota Sienna is a smart buy

Family vehicles are as much about affordability as they are about accommodations. A used 2016 Toyota Sienna minivan is a smart choice for buyers on a budget that require the seating and versatility of a passenger van with the all-weather confidence of an SUV and the tech-savviness of a luxury-branded vehicle.

 

Even the base model Sienna comes equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, automatic headlights, rearview camera, and Siri Eyes Free capability. All-wheel drive is also an option, something that no other minivan can claim. You also get more for your

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Invest in three-row luxury for less with a used Mazda CX-9

It seems like downsizing is all the rage these days. However, no matter what the trend, there are some of us who simply don't have the luxury of being able to give up that extra seating on a whim. Luckily for families, there are still a variety of three-row SUVs to choose from (some of which we recommend more highly than others, of course).

 

One of our favorites is the Mazda CX-9. Simply put, this family SUV looks more expensive than it is thanks to upscale styling, a unique exterior design, and luxury-level features. Its beauty is more than…

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As You Drive Through Amherst, Your Oil is Busy at Work

Every six months or so, you put fresh oil in your car, and it disappears into the engine. It can be easy to dismiss how important a job the amber liquid is doing when you can't see it at work.

In this video, you get to follow engine oil on its journey to the center of the engine.

Engine oil coats about every moving part, from the valve train, to the pistons, to the crank shaft. It is put under a tremendous amount of pressure as the engine rotates at up to 7,000rpm. At those high speeds, oil…

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Driving... It's More Philosophical Than You Think

Do you have a quiet minute to reflect on the shared human experience of driving? Check out this video by The School of Life for something to meditate on next time you hit the road.

Headquartered in London, The School of Life describes itself as "devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. We address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm and how better to understand, and where necessary change, the world."

Apparently, that even applies to what many…

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How to Science the Fog Out of Your Windshield

When it comes to the big questions in life like, "how do I de-frost my windshield faster?" we turn to science for answers. Heeding the call is former NASA engineer, Mark Rober.

Much like The Martian's Mark Watney, Rober is trained to use whatever resources are at hand to find solutions to pressing issues.

In this case, Rober discovered via trial and error that the fastest way to evaporate fog from your windshield is turning fan speed and temperature on their highest settings, turning A/C on, turning air recirculation off, and cracking a window (if it's chilly…

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What is the Best Car Color for All Four Seasons?

You've surely heard the old advice that black cars are hotter than white cars in the summer. The same is true of black clothing. If you want to stay cool in the summer, beware dark colors.

Your knowledge may go even deeper than that.

Why do dark colors heat up faster? It's because they absorb more light from the sun, and light is heat. Think about it... an object looks dark because there isn't as much light bouncing off of it to reach your retina.

As Autotrader proves in the video above, an otherwise identical black Toyota…

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How to Load Up the ATV on Your Truck

Often, people buy pickup trucks so they can have all the muscle and performance they need to get through tough jobs without breaking a sweat. However, a pickup truck can be used to make your fun even more convenient as well, and the folks at AutoGuide.com are here to help out. If you love hitting the trails on weekends in your ATV, then this guide on how to load it into the back of your pickup truck will be a real lifesaver. Take a look and see how easy it can be.

 

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Stay Comfortable in the 2015 Mazda CX-9

The folks at MotorWeek really love their 2015 Mazda CX-9 full-size crossover SUV and we have to agree with them! After eight months and 18,345 miles of driving, they have a lot of great things to say about it. From the 3.7-liter V6 engine kicking out 273 horsepower, to the spacious passenger and cargo areas, to the comfortable seating, and much more, they can't talk it up enough. Take a look at it below for yourself to learn more about all the praise they have to give:

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