All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are two terms that car buyers, salesmen, and everyone in between tend to use interchangeably. Although they may sound like the same thing, they have many key differences that could affect how you drive depending on where you live. Here’s a quick breakdown of each system so you can get on the road in the right car.
Mazda has developed one of the most advanced all-wheel drive systems on the market. Called Predictive i-ACTIV AWD, this new technology has the ability to sense and respond to conditions on the road. With intelligent sensors and computers, this system can work in the blink of the eye, providing you with better handling and comfort. The i-ACTIV AWD system is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
How Does It Work?
This system comes with a series of sensors that track the road in front of you, engine activity, transmission operations, weather, wiper usage, temperatures, and more. In fact, i-ACTIV AWD tracks conditions 200 times per second with a total of 27 sensors. This information is fed to a central control module, which then adjusts torque and power transfer for optimum handling. Unlike normal all-wheel drive systems from other brands, the i-ACTIV system doesn’t wait until your wheels are slipping before it activates.
What Are the Advantages?
The i-ACTIV AWD system provides you with a seamless ride that is not only smooth, but also incredibly controlled. A lightweight system reduces vibration and noise, while a smart Power Takeoff system makes sure you get smooth transfers. This system will also provide you with drastically improved handling. Plus, with better grip and transfer of power you can get improved performance as well.