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2015 Acura MDX SH-AWD the ultimate snow mobile

Super Handling All Wheel Drive(SH-AWD) is the key to Acura MDX stability and subsequent safety while driving through extreme winter conditions. How does it work?


2015 Acura MDX is the ultimate snow mobile

While Torque News has had the pleasure of driving Acura MDX under various on and off-road driving conditions, an extreme Minnesota winter is not one of them. Living in Western Oregon we do find ourselves near drowning and in below freezing temperatures from time to time, but thankfully, it doesn’t happen often.

We’ve driven several Acura models featuring Honda Engineering developed SH-AWD, experiencing first hand the torque vectoring enhanced traction and train track-like road handling afforded by perhaps the best sensor activated super handling all wheel drive system in the industry.

Acura corners the market on SH-AWD equipped premium cars and light trucks. Earlier in the year we reported on Acura’s flagship RLX sports sedan and it’s traffic taming attributes. Then there’s 2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD, just awarded the IIHS TOP Safety Pick + in the midsize luxury sedan segment. We recently drove TLX up a utility road at Sarver Winery in Crow, Or., experiencing limited to no slippage on a grass covered incline. What about snow?

Honda’s VT-4 and SH-AWD not the same technology

While we've covered at length the attributes of Honda Ridgeline in the snow, Ridgeline utilizes Variable Torque Management(VTM-4)4-wheel-drive with a differential lock and traction control. While Acura employs SH-AWD, pre-slip sensing applied torque to the wheel where it’s most needed. Both systems work well in insuring maximum traction where and when needed.

Thanks to our friends at Motor Trend we can watch MDX and other Acura models testing under winter conditions in Baudette Minnesota; looks like a blast to me.