What is All-Wheel Drive (AWD)?
Continuously monitors wheel speed, throttle position and steering-wheel angle sensors to determine the vehicle’s conditions and driver’s intent. The system then determines the optimal amount of front and rear torque for the given conditions to not only reduce wheelslip but to prevent the slip from occurring in the first place. This helps ensure the vehicle will be surefooted on the road in a variety of conditions, such as fast cornering, uneven pavement, potholes and slippery surfaces. A vehicle equipped with AWD normally functions in front-wheel-drive/rear-wheel-drive mode, but when sensors detect that wheelslip is occurring or even just likely to occur, the AWD system can react within as little as 50 milliseconds to distribute up to 100 percent of the available torque to the wheels with the most available traction. The controller may detect a difference in wheel speed even in good weather, such as when driving through sand, mud or wet leaves.