Honda AWD Models



Honda AWD Technology

Honda has engineered two all-wheel-drive systems: Intelligent Variable Torque Management (iVMT4) AWD and Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System. iVMT-4 dynamically senses the amount of torque required in each wheel axle to correctly distribute the correct amount of power to each wheel. This is one of the most sophisticated and advanced AWD systems available, as it increases efficiency and safety. Honda’s other AWD system, Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System, uses sensors to detect when the back wheels lose traction. Once it senses the loss of traction, it will send power to those wheels and help the driver regain control. It’s not quite as advanced as the iVMT4 system, but it works very well for small to midsized SUVs. The following Honda vehicles currently utilize one of these AWD technologies: HR-V, CR-V, Passport, Ridgeline, and Pilot.

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There’s a lot to like about the 2019 HR-V, such as its great fuel economy, sleek styling, and deceivingly large passenger and cargo space. It is inspired by the CR-V, but make no mistake, this compact crossover has a very distinct personality. This model year it received a new front and rear styling, additional trim levels, an updated center infotainment system, and more advanced safety features through the Honda Sensing suite. Although it’s small, the HR-V performs like a true SUV. It utilizes Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System to boost traction on less-than-ideal surfaces.


The “bigger brother” to the HR-V, the ’19 CR-V is one of the top-selling small crossovers in the country. People love the CR-V for its comfortable ride, athletic performance, spacious interior, great reliability, and overall phenomenal versatility. This model year does not bring many drastic changes, but that’s a good thing, considering how well-received the previous year’s model was. Like the HR-V, the CR-V also features Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control for added safety and efficiency in harsh conditions.


For the first time since the 1990s, the Passport is back and ready to make a statement. It shares features with the larger Honda Pilot, but it ditches the third row of seats for a more spacious and passenger-friendly second row. The ’19 Passport is well liked for its off-road ability, roomy and comfortable interior, and class-leading cargo space. Its base V6 delivers plenty of power and towing ability, making it one of the best-valued midsize SUVs. The Passport is the smallest Honda to use the i-VMT4 AWD system. It’s paired with Intelligent Traction Management, which increases traction at the push of a button.


Now in its second generation, the ’19 Ridgeline is Honda’s response to the competitive midsize pickup truck market. It opts for a carlike unibody construction, with a fully independent suspension that boosts ride comfort and provides outstanding handling and performance. Owners also appreciate the flat load door (which no other midsize trucks currently offer), the in-bed cargo storage system that also acts a cooler, and the stereo system with bedliner audio drivers that make tailgate parties a blast. Similar to the Passport, it uses the i-VTM4 AWD system to create a smooth and safe ride, regardless of weather.


Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the 21st-century family SUV, the Pilot returns in 2019 as one of the best three-row SUVs out there. This model year brings new exterior styling, an upgraded nine-speed transmission, a standard suite of driver-assistive features on all trims, an improved infotainment system, and additional connectivity features. The Pilot’s strengths include its roomy interior and spacious seating, a smooth ride in all conditions, unique storage compartments, and better fuel efficiency than rival vehicles. It also utilizes the i-VTM4 AWD system, adding stability and traction when you need it most.