When people are shopping for vehicles that can do it all, they often gravitate to RAM trucks. Given the versatility and capabilities that RAM trucks are known for, there are obvious reasons why so many motorists are drawn to these vehicles.

When drivers are looking at trucks and other automobiles, many of them ask us about the kind of drivetrain their favorite models have even though a lot of people don’t seem to have a clear idea about what a drivetrain actually is. A drivetrain is a system that delivers power to a car’s wheels, not including the source of the power (i.e. engine or motor).

On modern cars, you’ll find four different kinds of drivetrains: front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive. Front wheel drive delivers power to an automobile’s front wheels, while all-wheel drive sends power to a car’s back wheels exclusively. All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive systems send power to each of a vehicle’s four wheels. Although all- and four-wheel drive send power to each wheel, four-wheel drive differs from all-wheel drive in several ways, the most notable of which is that four-wheel drive is typically more appropriate for off-road situations.

Many vehicles are offered with more than one kind of drivetrain, including the 2017 RAM 1500. While the new RAM 1500 comes with standard rear-wheel drive, the truck is also eligible for two four-wheel drive systems, both of which have a transfer case and low-range gearing.

Four-wheel drive normally has to be engaged by a driver, but one of the four-wheel drive systems that you can get on a 2017 RAM 1500 automatically switches between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive depending on the conditions you’re driving in. The truck’s other four-wheel drive system is more traditional, meaning you’ll have to engage it manually if you want to use four-wheel drive.

If you want to see how the drivetrains that are available on the 2017 RAM 1500 differ from one another or you’re curious about the drivetrains on our other automobiles, visit Lester Glenn Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM FIAT to take the vehicle of your choice for a test drive today!