Honda AWD Models
With an all-wheel drive (AWD) system, power is provided to all four wheels, with the system detecting wheel slippage and varying the amount of power sent to each axle via a differential between the front and back wheels. Four-wheel drive differs in that it sends the same amount of power to both axles (and each wheel) all the time. (There’s full-time 4WD, which is always engaged, and part-time 4WD, where the driver selects the mode depending on the driving situation.) AWD is beneficial in all kinds of conditions – wet or dry – but especially during New England winters because it improves traction when it’s needed most.
Honda has created two different AWD systems that are used in five different models. First, the Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) is an all-wheel drive system that dynamically senses the exact amount of torque needed in each wheel and sends the perfect amount to maintain optimal traction and vehicle control. The Intelligent Variable Torque Management aspect balances efficiency and safety and is the ideal system for Honda’s largest vehicles, the Pilot, Passport, and Ridgeline.
The other system, Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control, is a somewhat simpler system that Honda has engineered for its smaller utility vehicles. Specially designed sensors constantly monitor traction and detect slippage at the rear wheels. Power is then diverted to the rear axle to help maintain control as needed. The Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is available on the HR-V and CR-V.
The Honda Crossovers: HR-V and CR-V
The Honda HR-V is a subcompact crossover that made its North American debut for the 2016 model year. It’s available in five different trims; the Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System is available on the first four – LX, Sport, EX, and EX-L – but it comes standard on the Touring.
The CR-V is the other Honda model equipped with the Real Time AWD system. It’s currently in its fifth generation and has been very popular throughout its existence. CR-V stands for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle, and that’s an accurate description of the CR-V. The LX, EX, EX-L trims can be upgraded to include Real Time AWD, while it comes standard on the Touring grade.
The Honda SUVs: Passport and Pilot
The Honda Passport brings the comfort and versatility Honda has become known for in their SUVs. The automaker has revived the Passport name after discontinuing it in 2002 (although the original Honda Passport was not really a Honda at all but a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo). The new Passport is made in four different trims (Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Elite); I-VTM4 AWD is offered on the first three and is standard on the Elite trim. 2019 Passports equipped with AWD can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
The beloved Honda Pilot was launched in 2003 to replace the departing original Passport. This three-row SUV has been improved for the 2019 model year, with interior and exterior changes and upgrades on every trim. This includes their I-VTM4 being available on the LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trims, while being included with the Elite. While two-wheel-drive Pilots can tow 3,500 lb., one with AWD can pull as much as 5,000 lb.
Honda’s Pickup: the Ridgeline
As the only truck in Honda’s lineup, the Ridgeline takes a reliable design approach and adds the versatility of an open cargo bed, resulting in one of the most comfortable and smooth-driving midsized pickups out there. It’s a versatile vehicle with five different trims offered. While I-VTM4 AWD isn’t available on the base RT trim, it can be added to the Sport, RTL, and RTL-T. The RTL-E and Black Edition come standard with the iVTM4. Like the Honda SUVs, an AWD Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 lb.