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2wd = Two Wheel Drive. This means that only two of the cars weels are connected to the engine and makes the car move. It can be either the back or the front wheels.

Usually family cars are front wheel driven, this is over all safer and makes the car less likely to spin around.
Sports cars are preferred back wheel driven because it improves handling (when driven by an experienced driver)

4wd = four wheel drive
awd = all wheel drive

These two are the same thing. It is a system where all four wheels of the car are connected to the engine and is very good on vehicles used where you need more traction than usual.
there are many different ways to get power to the ground in a car...
2wd is usually rear wheel drive in pickup trucks, and usually front wheels drive in a car
4wd in most vehicles is selectable, by a lever, shifter, or button and is usually rear wheel drive until you select 4wd with the selecter which engages the front wheels. the transfer case divides the power evenly between the front and rear driveshafts. dependant on the transfer case it is usually not supposed to run on the highway in 4wd unless conditions are bad (snow, ice, hard rain) (ex. np 231 or the popular atlas) but some transfer cases are ok to run at all time in any condition you just have to know what your specs are. (np 242) same as jeep grand Cherokee or the army humvee.
Awd is ALL time 4wd that is not selectable and is ok to run on the highway under any condition because the transfer case has a differential in it like your axle does. this one without any traction control system gives the most power to the wheel with the least traction.
there are many different ways to get power to the ground in a car...
2wd is usually rear wheel drive in pickup trucks, and usually front wheels drive in a car
4wd in most vehicles is selectable, by a lever, shifter, or button and is usually rear wheel drive until you select 4wd with the selecter which engages the front wheels. the transfer case divides the power evenly between the front and rear driveshafts. dependant on the transfer case it is usually not supposed to run on the highway in 4wd unless conditions are bad (snow, ice, hard rain) (ex. np 231 or the popular atlas) but some transfer cases are ok to run at all time in any condition you just have to know what your specs are. (np 242) same as jeep grand Cherokee or the army humvee.
Awd is ALL time 4wd that is not selectable and is ok to run on the highway under any condition because the transfer case has a differential in it like your axle does. this one without any traction control system gives the most power to the wheel with the least traction.
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