What is SH-AWD?

March 31st, 2018 by

Acura MDX

Acura SH-AWD stands for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™. It’s a system designed to combine the peace of mind that comes with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) with high-performance dry-road handling, and it’s what gives models like the Acura TLX and Acura MDX such an immense edge over the competition.

How Does SH-AWD Beat All Wheel Drive?

SH-AWD continuously directs engine power to match weight distribution, available traction, wheel speed, steering angle, and more. It will:

  • Enhance straight-line fuel efficiency by sending 90% of power to the front wheels on steady cruises between Denver and Highlands Ranch.
  • Transfer up to 45% of power to the rear wheels for enhanced rear-wheel traction as you corner in Centennial.
  • Transfer up to 70% of effective torque to the rear for superior hard acceleration when you’re coming out of Highlands Ranch.
SH-AWD Drivetrain
Acura TLX

TLX and MDX SH-AWD is the Next Step Forward in Performance

When you notice the Acura MDX handling better than the Lexus GX 460 or the Acura TLX cornering sharper than the Infiniti Q50, you can thank SH-AWD technology. Contact us today to find out more about our new vehicles or arrange a test drive to experience Acura MDX performance or Acura TLX performance first-hand.


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