All Wheel Drives Offer Great Value in Canada

January 12th, 2016 by

2016 Mazda CX-9

If you’re looking for a new vehicle in the Nanaimo, Duncan, and Victoria area, you might be considering an all-wheel drive system. But what is one, and why should you get it? Harris Mazda is here to clear up the mystery.

What is an All Wheel Drive?

An all-wheel drive system uses three differentials, which are boxes of gear systems, and uses it to take power from the transmission and deliver different levels of that power to different wheels or axles. The all-wheel drive system splits the power between the front and rear axles and individual wheels in order to send power to the wheel that has the most traction. This is useful in difficult or unpredictable terrain, where the road conditions may be different under your wheels from moment to moment.

Most modern all-wheel drive systems use sensors to monitor each wheel, keeping track of wheel speed, traction, and many other data points in milliseconds. An engine control unit determines how much power and torque to send to each wheel depending on the calculations from the ECU.

Why Choose an AWD in Canada?

Whether you’re in the city or out in the country, Canadian weather can be difficult to drive in. Snow can pile up and make it hard to get traction on the road surface, ice can send your car skidding on a suddenly frictionless surface, and mud and gravel can decrease the grip of your tires.

An all-wheel drive system provides better control and grip under any road condition, even if the road is dry and smooth. It also improves the handling of your car, whether it’s a rugged SUV that’s built to drive in all conditions or a sedan that’s made for city streets. The all-wheel drive is also on all the time, so you won’t have to flip a switch or sacrifice fuel economy.

Get Your AWD Vehicle Today

If you’re ready to invest in a vehicle with all-wheel drive for those difficult Canadian roads, Harris Mazda can find one for you! Call us today at +1 250-758-9125 or come see us at 2525 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo.