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Honda All-Wheel Drive (AWD) Systems

  • 2022 Honda CR-V AWD - Vern Eide Honda Slider
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  • 2022 Honda Passport AWD - Vern Eide Honda Slider
  • 2022 Honda Ridgeline AWD - Vern Eide Honda Slider

How does Honda all-wheel drive work?

Siouxland drivers know better than most drives about the value of all-wheel drive and the peace of mind this feature brings while driving in changing weather conditions. But what does all-wheel drive (AWD) do?

Honda offers all-wheel drive (AWD) systems in several of their vehicles, including the Honda CR-V and Honda Pilot. These systems are designed to provide added traction and stability in slippery road conditions, such as snow, ice, and mud.  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.

Honda’s all-wheel drive systems are designed to provide enhanced traction and stability for a more confident driving experience in challenging road conditions.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.

Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System

Honda Real Time AWD Intelligent Control System Image

Featured on crossovers like CR-V and HR-V, 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.

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.

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 Real Time AWD and i-VTM4 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.

Honda AWD Vehicles

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.

2022 Honda CR-V All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

Honda CR-V AWD

All 2022 Honda CR-V models can be equipped with available, Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System, and this drivetrain comes standard on every CR-V Hybrid. While this crossover may not seem like the towing type, it can pull up to 1,500 pounds while also maintaining respectable fuel efficiency.


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2023 Honda HR-V All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

Honda HR-V AWD

Every 2023 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 25 city mpg / 30 highway mpg / 27 combined mpg*.


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2022 Honda Pilot All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

Honda Pilot AWD

Honda’s only three-row SUV is one of the best family cars on South Dakota roads today. The 2022 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. Additionally, the all-new Pilot TrailSport, Pilot Elite, and Pilot Black Edition come standard with AWD.


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2022 Honda Passport All-Wheel Drive (AWD)

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. While the 2022 Passport EX-L trim is available with the Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) All-Wheel-Drive System, the first-ever Passport TrailSport and top-tier Passport Elite come standard equipped with AWD.


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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 the Sport model to the Black Edition, every 2022 Honda Ridgeline trim level 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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2022 Honda Ridgeline With All-Wheel Drive (AWD)
* 26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 25 city/30 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2023 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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