How is Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD® system different than regular AWD?

By Product Expert | Posted in i-ACTIVSENSE®, Safety, Technology on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 8:37 pm
Mazda's i-ACTIV AWD® vs regular AWD

It can be tough to keep up with new vehicle technology, especially since technologies are constantly becoming more and more advanced. We’ve recently been asked what makes Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD® different than regular AWD, so we’re breaking down how the systems work and what makes them different. Read on for details!

Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD® vs regular AWD

To help us understand what the differences between regular AWD and Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD®, we first need to understand how the two systems work. Regular AWD uses wheel sensors and a center differential to monitor wheel traction. If the wheels have a loss of traction or start slipping, the system sends that information to the vehicle’s computer, which adjusts how much power is sent to each of the four wheels. Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD® is a little different. The system uses sensors that are constantly monitoring road conditions and variations in wheel speed. i-ACTIV AWD® uses the information collected from the sensors to calculate and adjust how much torque is being sent to each wheel, giving the vehicle better take-off, braking, acceleration and cornering than vehicles equipped with regular AWD.

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How does i-ACTIV AWD® work?

Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD® uses the Torque Control System and the Front-Wheel-Slip-Warning Detection System to control drive force and quickly correct wheel slips. The system’s highly advanced sensors can detect even microscopic wheel sleeps, and the system often corrects wheel slips before the driver even notices that the slip happened. Ready to see how i-ACTIV AWD® works in real-world situations? Take a look at the video below!

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Drivers interested in seeing the difference Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD® makes in person are invited to schedule an obligation-free test drive online at Matt Castrucci Nissan. Have additional questions about this advanced technology? Give us a call or stop in and see us at our location in Dayton today!

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