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What is the i-ACTIV AWD® System?

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Mazda crafted the fully autonomous i-Activ AWD® system to keep drivers in control no matter if they’re braving storms, snow, or just those normal beach drives around Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach. What’s more? You don’t have to worry about sacrificing the excellent fuel economy ratings Mazda is known for to achieve greater traction and wheel grip. Learn more about the i-Activ AWD® system and the vehicles that come equipped with it at South Bay Mazda.

How Does i-ACTIV AWD® Work?

i-Activ AWD® is constantly tracking road conditions and small changes in wheel speeds using a series of sensors. With this information, the system creates a picture of the surrounding driving conditions and then interprets the information from the sensors in order to make adjustments to the amount of torque allocated to the front and rear axles. This is what makes i-Activ AWD® an active torque split AWD system, and is why it’s such a great choice for Manhattan Beach roads.

What is the Front-Wheel Slip-Warning Detection System?

The Front-Wheel Slip-Warning Detection System also uses a variety of sensors — but for another purpose. These sensors monitor ground speed and front-wheel speed, allowing the system to sense tiny wheel slips that could lead to tire spin. Torque Control System works closely with Front-Wheel Slip-Warning and i-Activ AWD®. Even in FWD mode, it almost instantaneously transfers a small amount of torque to the rear wheels and helps your vehicle switch to AWD without lag.

Which Models Have Mazda AWD?

Mazda’s compact cars, such as the Mazda3, are offered with front-wheel drive only. i-Activ AWD® is available on all of the Mazda SUVs:

  • 2019 MAZDA CX-3: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring
  • 2019 MAZDA CX-5: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve, Signature
  • 2019 MAZDA CX-9: Sport, Touring, Grand Touring, Signature
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Explore Mazda AWD Cars at South Bay Mazda!

Once you’re ready to take one of the Mazda SUVs for a test drive to experience this technology in person, make your way to South Bay Mazda. While here, be sure to check out our available new vehicle specials to help you save even more on your favorite Mazda model. Have questions in the meantime or looking to compare the Mazda CX-3 vs. Subaru Crosstrek or Mazda3 vs. Mazda6? Contact us!

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