Performance vs. Utility: What’s the Difference?

January 22nd, 2019 by

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When shopping for a brawny RAM truck, or Jeep Wrangler for the best off-road parks in Kentucky, you hear the terms “performance” and “utility” a lot, but is there really a difference? It turns out there is. Learn how performance vs. utility differ so you can prioritize the features you want in your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle.

Key Differences

There are four key differences to take into account when deciding between performance vs. utility for your next vehicle.

  • Horsepower vs. torque
  • All-wheel/four-wheel drive vs. fuel efficiency
  • On-road vs. off-road performance
  • Passenger comfort vs. cargo space

Horsepower vs. Torque

While there is some wiggle room, Lexington drivers will generally find performance-focused vehicles emphasizing horsepower and utility-focused vehicles emphasizing torque. The difference between the two is:

  • High Horsepower: Horsepower produces incredible acceleration and heart racing speeds.
  • High Torque: Torque is a twisting motion that provides the strength needed for towing heavy loads and low-speed acceleration used when trailering.

All-Wheel/Four-Wheel Drive vs. Fuel Efficiency

This another category where there can be some overlap as manufacturers push for better fuel efficiency and increasingly add AWD to their vehicles. Despite this effort, this can still be a choice that comes up when vehicle shopping near Georgetown.

  • All-Wheel/Four-Wheel Drive: These drivetrains boast multiple benefits including enhancing towing capabilities and improving traction for either bad weather or off-roading situations.
  • Fuel Efficiency: The downside to using all four wheels is that it uses more fuel to distribute the power between them. This is why front-wheel drive vehicles offer more generous mpg ratings.

If you aren’t in need of the additional performance of an AWD/4WD vehicle, an FWD option will save you money and time spent stopping for gas.

On-Road vs. Off-Road

Do you frequently head off the beaten path? If so, that will impact your vehicle selection.

  • On-Road: Spend your times on city roads and highways? Then a performance vehicle will let you zip around with ease.
  • Off-Road: The off-road world is dominated by sports utility vehicles with suspensions and other additions meant to combat the challenging conditions and terrains they face.

Passenger Comfort vs. Cargo Space

Utility vehicle often put an emphasis on function while performance vehicle will provide more amenities for passengers.

  • Passenger Comfort: With a few exceptions, you can usually find a variety of premium materials and features on performance vehicles.
  • Cargo Space: Utility focused vehicles strive to haul it all with spacious cargo areas that can often be extended into the cabin to maximize carrying capacity.

Find Performance and Utility at Dan Cummins Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

No matter which type of vehicle you are looking for, you can find it at Dan Cummins Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. If you’re searching for a model that can do it all, see how the RAM 1500 utility wins out over the Ford F-150. You might also consider performance-minded Dodge Charger, the off-road ready Jeep Wrangler, or the even more capable 2018 RAM 2500. Contact us for help finding the right model for your needs, or to schedule a test drive today!

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