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Mazda I-ACTIV all-wheel transmission explained

I-ACTIV all-wheel drive appeared in 2013 on the Mazda CX-5. The technology existed before, but had never been named, which Mazda did when it launched its new SUV. Since then, several innovations have made the system one of the best on the market.

The Mazda i-ACTIV is a part-time, non-constant-drive, all-wheel drive system found on many Mazda products such as the CX-3 and CX-9. This type of system has a big advantage in terms of constant grip, fuel economy.

However, that’s not all for Mazda. What sets the i-ACTIV all-wheel drive apart from its competition is its ability to sense what's coming.

How does he do it? It features sensors that check road conditions 200 times per second and uses data from 27 different sensors to map road conditions, allowing it to transfer torque to the rear wheels if ever the need arises.

In the old days, the system only gathered ten factors that were taken into account, such as vehicle speed and engine rpm. Now, Mazda relies on a host of other sensors built into vehicles to predict what's to come, such as sensors for ambient temperature, steering wheel angle, longitudinal grip and even windshield wiper movement.

But it doesn't stop there, the i-ACTIV all-wheel drive can even adjust the torque distribution to account for wheel slip. This allows vehicles equipped with the i-ACTIV to limit understeer in sporty driving, among other things.

To see all of our vehicles that offer i-ACTIV all-wheel drive and to learn more about them, come see us in dealership at Ami Junior Mazda.