If you’re in the market for an SUV, you’ve likely checked out the Acura MDX. Undoubtedly it’s made it onto your short list — how could it not, with the power, precision, and performance you get with every Acura? You may wonder, though, about its all-wheel drive system.
What does it do? How does it work? Is it necessary, or is it just overkill around Springfield?
The Acura MDX doesn’t just have all-wheel drive. It has Super Handling All Wheel Drive, and there’s a difference. Normal all-wheel drive systems simply operate on the principle that when traction is reduced — detected by wheel slipping — power is transferred to the other wheels that still have traction.
SH-AWD in the Acura MDX operates in that way as well, but it doesn’t just leave it at that. During acceleration, up to 45% of the power is transferred to the rear wheels so you have optimal traction to quickly get up to speed. When you’re turning, slightly more rotation is provided to the outside rear wheel to help push your vehicle easily around the corner, assisting you to maintain control.
In situations with low traction, whether it’s rain-covered, snow-covered, or just loose sand and dirt that make traction dicey, the SH-AWD system transfers power to the wheels that have the best grip on the road. It all happens in the blink of an eye. Power can be transferred from front to rear or from side to side because slippery surfaces rarely are symmetrical.
How Does SH-AWD Work?
The state-of-the-art SH-AWD system in the Acura MDX is highly developed. It uses input from various sources including speed sensors at each wheel in addition to traction control, ABS brake, and vehicle stability control systems to always ensure you have the best traction in your situation.
Does my Acura MDX Truly Need SH-AWD?
Not always. The problem is that you can never control Mother Nature, so you need to prepare for the worst. And when it does, the SH-AWD system will work so flawlessly and seamlessly that you probably won’t even notice it has kicked in. It’s why the Acura MDX operates so smoothly, handles so crisply, and feels so incredibly stable no matter how hard you drive.
Don’t take our word for it. Visit Acura of Springfield and test drive your SH-AWD-equipped MDX today.