AWD on Your Toyota SUV – How it Works

December 2nd, 2016 by

If you’ve purchased an SUV in Kansas City, there’s a good chance it’s equipped with Toyota’s all-wheel-drive system. Whether you drive the RAV4 or the Highlander, it’s quite innovative.

AWD Basics on Your SUV

Okay, so there’s a bit of a simplistic explanation for all-wheel drive. It’s just that — all the wheels on your vehicle assist to drive you forward. Pretty simple, right? There’s much more to it than that.

Your transmission controls the engine’s power, allowing you to move in the direction and gear you need. The, the transfer case moves the power to the front and rear of your vehicle. This is where all the magic happens.

Toyota’s All-Wheel Drive System

Your Toyota equipped with AWD isn’t just a 50/50 split of torque, front and rear. There are sensors at play to determine when a wheel is slipping and where the power should be directed.

Under normal conditions, your Toyota’s transfer case directs nearly all the power to the front wheels. When there is wheel slip detected, power is sent to the rear wheels to enable better traction all around. When you turn a corner, power is sent to the outside rear wheel, assisting your vehicle to ‘push’ around the corner without slipping. It’s quite fascinating, really.

Why All-Wheel Drive?

If you’ve ever spun out on slippery roads, been hung up on ruts in the road, or had trouble accelerating when the streets weren’t exactly in peak condition, you’ll appreciate all-wheel drive. It’s not a necessity — it’s a feature that makes your vehicle more sure-footed and makes every drive a little less stressful. Summer or winter, all-wheel drive is a big help in your Toyota.  

Even Toyota’s minivan, the Toyota Sienna, gets in on the action. It’s the only vehicle in its class with available all-wheel drive. Although, if you’re planning on doing any driving off the beaten path, it’s best to stick with an SUV!

Interested in a new all-wheel-drive Toyota of your very own? Visit Jay Wolfe Toyota in Kansas City to discover which one is right for you.

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