Honda AWD Models
All-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles have plenty of benefits to speak of: increased traction, better resale value, and greater peace of mind when you’re out and about in challenging weather. When it comes to exceptional AWD vehicles, Honda provides some of the best with their well-known quality and affordable pricing. The five Honda models that offer AWD are, in increasing order of size, the HR-V, CR-V, Passport, Ridgeline, and Pilot.
Honda’s all-wheel drive (AWD) technology features two separate systems: Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VMT4) AWD and Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System. The first system functions by dynamically sensing the amount of torque needed in each wheel axle so it can constantly provide each with the precise amount of power needed to maintain optimum traction. This system also distributes power to either the left or right wheels, depending on the traction requirements for each. The second system uses sensors to detect when there is a loss of traction with the back wheels, and once it senses that it will divert power to those wheels to help maintain control. The CR-V and HR-V come with the Available Real Time AWD system, while the Pilot, Passport, and Ridgeline have the i-VMT4 system.
The CR-V is Honda’s staple crossover and has been consistently rated as one of the top-performing vehicles in its class. With the latest model, there’s plenty to be excited about, such as a turbocharged engine that delivers plenty of performance and power, a roomy interior cabin with plenty of cargo space, a comfortable ride, and plenty of smart storage accommodations. Its safety factor is also stellar, as it’s packed with a good selection of accident avoidance tech even on the base trim, the LX. In short, the CR-V delivers exceptional quality on all accounts, making it the perfect family vehicle.
There are quite a few similarities between the CR-V and its smaller sibling, the HR-V. As a relatively new addition to Honda’s exceptional lineup, the HR-V is the perfect subcompact crossover for those who need more utility than a sedan offers, yet they don’t need a ton of space. The HR-V still provides plenty of utility thanks to its exceptional Magic Seat, which lets you fold the second-row seating in various ways to accommodate items of all different shapes and sizes. You’ll also get attractive fuel economy compared to other vehicles in this class, with an EPA-estimated 28 city/34 highway mpg.
Honda’s versatile and roomy Pilot is one of the highest-rated SUVs in its class, and it’s even better this model year after some technology upgrades and other improvements. With better-than-average fuel economy thanks to the efficient pairing of a 3.5-liter V6 and a refined nine-speed automatic transmission, it’s sure to give its rivals a run for their money. On top of all this, some standard advanced safety features provided by the Honda Sensing Suite have been introduced for all trim levels, which includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and automatic high-beam assist.
Avid adventurers everywhere are happy to know the Passport has finally returned after a relatively long hiatus – but this reborn version is even more ready to leave the pavement. Based on the Pilot but smaller, it provides generous cargo and passenger space, comfortable seating arrangements, and enhanced off-road capabilities. Essentially, this model is a Pilot (minus the third row) that can function just as well on rugged terrain as it does on the pavement, and it can even tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Honda’s only pickup, the midsized Ridgeline, blends the comfort and ride quality of a car with the utility of a truck. Like the Passport, it can pull up to 5,000 pounds (AWD models only), but it offers conveniences that you can only get from a pickup. Its versatility is off the charts with features like a bed with a flat-load floor (something no other light truck offers), an in-bed cargo storage system that doubles as a cooler, and an audio system with bedliner speakers that make it perfect for tailgating. Its unibody construction, rather than the body-on-frame base of other trucks, makes it feel more like a car, with a fully independent suspension for class-leading ride comfort and superior handling. The sophisticated Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VMT4) AWD system supplies multi-surface traction (explained in the first section) helps you get to work in winter weather and then ride through the dust and mud on the weekend.