Browse through the Mazda family lineup, and you’ll find a range of rear-wheel, front-wheel, and all-wheel-drivetrains. Plenty of customers ask members of our Mazda Parts Department at Star Mazda about the differences between these drivetrains and how they can affect your driving experience.

There are a plethora of components behind every Mazda vehicle. From the transmission to the exhaust, there is a lot to account for, yet few components can affect the nature of your drive quite the same way as your drivetrain. Across the diverse Mazda family lineup, you’ll find vehicles with rear-wheel, front-wheel, and all-wheel drivetrains.

So, if you’re looking to purchase a Mazda, which drivetrain should you consider? Well, rear-wheel and front-wheel drivetrains are considered the standard. They’re great for pavement-only driving, and can help you get the most fuel economy from your vehicle. On the other hand, an all-wheel drive provides far greater traction than any two-wheel version. An AWD drivetrain makes the possible by providing power to all four wheels, giving drivers far greater control. This additional traction and control serves for some pretty consistent driving whether on the pavement or on unpaved roads. This extra bit of versatility does come at a price, though. More often than not, this extra traction power draws a bit on fuel economy, which for some drivers may or may not be worthwhile.

If you’re asking yourself, which drivetrain option would be the better fit, don’t worry, our Mazda dealers and parts experts are here to help. When you visit Star Mazda to purchase a vehicle, we’ll give you the full rundown on our drivetrain options, and help you figure out whether a 2WD or AWD drivetrain is the better choice.