How Honda All-Wheel Drive Works

2019 Honda Ridgeline

Do you want added piece of mind when driving down Honokaa roads? Consider a Honda with all-wheel drive! Honda offers two different all-wheel drive systems on select new vehicles. Learn how Honda all-wheel drive technology works, as well as which Honda AWD cars and SUVs are available!

Honda Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™

The first system, available on three different Honda models, is the Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™. This system increases traction on Keaau and Pahoa roads by activating the rear differential using a multi-plate clutch system. The drivetrain’s Intelligent Control System uses an electric motor to create an instantaneous and smooth engagement of the rear wheels; other all-wheel drive systems, by comparison, usually hesitate before they initiate. The Honda AWD cars that offer available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ include:

Honda Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™)

The other Honda AWD system available is the Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) system. Available on the 2019 Honda Passport and 2019 Honda Ridgeline, this system features a lightweight, cast-alloy casing and permits variable front-to-rear distribution of engine torque, powering the vehicle’s wheels with traction. This system also enhances performance in several other ways:

  • Each rear wheel is driven by an electro-hydraulically actuated clutch to deliver smooth, seamless movement and performance.
  • These clutches can be utilized separately when necessary and can individually send variable amounts of torque to each rear wheel. This enhances stability and traction when driving, even during inclement weather.
  • The system can also send extra torque to the exterior rear wheels when turning, which results in the vehicle taking turns in a much smoother, more natural manner.

Find Your Honda AWD Car at Big Island Honda in Hilo & Kona

Looking to finance or lease a new Honda model with all-wheel drive? Visit us at Big Island Honda near Kurtistown! One of our sales associates can set you up with a test drive. To learn more about our Honda AWD models, don’t hesitate to contact us! We can give you information on pricing, specs, features, and more.

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