Mazda's i-ACTIV All-Wheel-Drive System is Leading the Industry
Whether you love to chase down storms in nasty weather, you're always seeking out the best powder days, or you prefer to stick to the roads only when it's clear and sunny, you may still be wondering if all-wheel drive is a good choice for you in West Springfield, Chicopee, Westfield, Hartford, or Manchester CT.
And while there are a variety of automakers that offer modern all-wheel-drive functionality--including Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota--we've got reason to believe that Mazda's advanced i-ACTIV All-Wheel-Drive System is going the be the perfect fit for your active and busy lifestyle.
How Does Mazda's i-ACTIV AWD System Work?
Like all AWD systems currently on the market, i-ACTIV all-wheel drive works to distribute torque between the front and rear wheels. However, unlike other products, i-ACTIV AWD--a fully-autonomous AWD system--is proactive, rather than reactive. The system monitors a variety of conditions, including the road, engine, transmission, weather, windshield wiper use, internal and external temperatures, yaw-rate sensors, and steering, roughly 200 times per second. Twenty-seven sensors work in seamless integration to decide which wheels will need the most torque.
i-ACTIV all-wheel drive sends about 98% of power to the front wheels in ideal driving conditions, allowing for AWD Mazda models to be some of the most fuel-efficient on the roads; however, when rough roads or nasty weather rears their ugly heads, your Mazda will be able to push up to a 50/50 even distribution of torque to the front and back wheels as necessary. This gives you the feeling of 4WD without the clunky handling or the fuel penalties.