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How does Honda all-wheel drive work?

Midwest drivers, or more specifically, South Dakota drivers know the value of all-wheel drive with our unpredictable weather patterns and sometimes challenging terrain. But what does all-wheel drive (AWD) do? AWD will not only increase traction during slippery or uncertain road conditions, but this drivetrain will also improve handling on dry pavement. Honda has two, all-wheel drive systems available across its SUV lineup and pickup trucks: Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ and Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) All-Wheel-Drive System. Buckle up and take a ride with Vern Eide Honda in Sioux Falls as we show you how these Honda all-wheel drive systems work.

Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) AWD System

Honda i-VTM4 Drive Modes

Honda’s i-VTM4® All-Wheel-Drive System is a highly evolved drivetrain that is used on its more powerful SUVs and trucks like Pilot, Passport, and Ridgeline. This AWD system consists of a single housing at the rear axle and features a lightweight, cast-alloy casing. It distributes engine torque from front to back, instinctively directing power to the wheels with traction. The i-VTM4 AWD system has a pair of electro-hydraulically actuated clutch packs—one to drive each rear wheel—allowing for varying amounts of torque to be directed to each rear wheel independently. The result is a more precise response to loss of traction and enhanced stability when you need it most.

Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™

Honda Real Time AWD Intelligent Control System Image

Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is a proactive drivetrain that electronically activates when loss of traction is detected. Whether your Honda vehicle is trudging through a heavy snowfall or climbing a steep hill, the AWD system responds in real time (hence the name) by automatically sending power to the rear wheels, helping you better accelerate through unfavorable driving conditions.

Both of Honda’s all-wheel drive systems have been fine tuned specifically for winter weather conditions such as snow and ice, which is music to South Dakotans’ ears. Plus, the intuitive torque distribution from i-VTM4 AWD and Real Time AWD further strengthens your grip on dry pavement for better cornering, nimble handling, and a more connected feel to the road.

Is all-wheel drive better than 4-wheel drive?

AWD vs. 4WD

It’s not necessarily a matter of AWD being better than 4WD; rather, what makes these drivetrains different. While 4WD is traditionally found on pickup trucks and off-road SUVs, AWD systems span across cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks. The primary difference when comparing AWD versus 4WD is all-wheel drive systems work automatically with no input from the driver. A vehicle equipped with 4-wheel drive requires the driver to manually select from a low or high range setting, which is dependent on your driving conditions. Because 4WD is often geared toward off-road scenarios and towing capabilities, these vehicles tend to have a more rigid ride and stiffer handling than 2WD or even AWD models. Perhaps the most common knock on both of these drivetrains is reduced fuel economy. However, this is where Honda’s intelligent engineering shines, as most of its vehicles only see a minimal drop off in MPG ratings from 2WD to AWD.

What Honda models have AWD?

Honda All-Wheel Drive SUVs

From compact crossovers like HR-V and CR-V to midsize SUVs like Passport and Pilot, all Honda SUV models can be equipped with available, all-wheel drive. Scroll down to learn more about Honda all-wheel drive SUVs.

Honda HR-V All-Wheel Drive Jellybean

Honda HR-V AWD

Every 2021 HR-V trim can be outfitted with available, Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System. And even with this traction-enhancing drivetrain, HR-V still manages to impress with EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg* on LX models.

 

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Honda CR-V All-Wheel Drive Jellybean

Honda CR-V AWD

All 2021 CR-V trim levels can be equipped with available, Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System, and it comes standard on CR-V Hybrid models. While this crossover may not seem like the towing type, it can pull up to 1,500 pounds (when properly equipped) while maintaining respectable fuel efficiency at the same time.

 

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Honda Passport All-Wheel Drive Jellybean

Honda Passport AWD

Passport was made for the road less traveled and its rugged design is proof, sporting a raised suspension and the highest ground clearance of any Honda SUV—not to mention better approach and departure angles. Every 2021 Passport is available with the Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) All-Wheel-Drive System.

 

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Honda Pilot All-Wheel Drive Jellybean

Honda Pilot AWD

Honda’s only three-row SUV is one of the best family cars on South Dakota roads today. The 2021 Pilot and its 3.5-liter V-6 engine are capable of 280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque, and a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with the available, Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) All-Wheel-Drive System.

 

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Honda All-Wheel Drive Trucks

The innovative Ridgeline has introduced many industry-firsts to the midsize truck segment, including an In-Bed Trunk®, dual-action tailgate, and truck-bed audio system, and its available, all-wheel drive provides SUV handling without sacrificing any pickup perks. Scroll down to learn more about this Honda all-wheel drive truck.

Honda Ridgeline AWD

From Sport trims to the Black Edition, every 2020 Ridgeline can be outfitted with the available, Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) All-Wheel-Drive System. This drivetrain boosts Ridgeline’s towing capacity from 3,500 to 5,000 pounds, adding to an already hearty powertrain comprised of a 280-horsepower i-VTEC® engine paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) with shift-by-wire and paddle shifters.

 

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Honda Ridgeline All-Wheel Drive Jellybean
* 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD LX trims. 26 city/31 highway/28 combined mpg rating for AWD Sport, EX, & EX-L trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
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