Torque vectoring all-wheel drive systems (AWD) like Honda's i-VTM4 and Acura's SH-AWD can provide both fun and capability in snow, mud and gravel as well as sealed surfaces. Both these systems are very similar, but do they work and what makes them special? In this video we take a look at i-VTM4 in the 2019 Honda Pilot, Ridgeline and Passport, as well as SH-AWD in the 2019 Acura MDX and RDX.

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    • Driving Sports TV
      Driving Sports TV

      What is your favorite all-wheel drive system?

      about 4 months ago
    • billschoe43
      billschoe43 In reply to Driving Sports TV

      Just got a 2019 Honda Pilot EX-L AWD. Love so far, since it's my second Pilot.

      about 6 days ago
    • Caleb Cissna
      Caleb Cissna In reply to Driving Sports TV

      Driving Sports TV I prefer either SH-AWD or Symmetrical AWD (with either a traditional automatic or manual trans)

      about 1 month ago
    • Kartboarder22G
      Kartboarder22G In reply to Driving Sports TV

      @Drewbie85 Same as Toyota and Honda, just they use more input sensors, like angle etc.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jack Z
      Jack Z In reply to Driving Sports TV

      Driving Sports TV Lexus GX460’s

      about 2 months ago
    • Marco Zumaeta
      Marco Zumaeta In reply to Driving Sports TV


      about 4 months ago
    • MCWormGuy

      This is a truly excellent video, which is rare these days. Thank you.

      about 9 days ago
    • Midi Man
      Midi Man

      Great Video. Thanks. I am currently and looking at a RDX. I had a 1990 4 door legend L which I just sold. Yes car is mint. I miss it every day. Acura's just drive fantastic.
      MY Legend was effortless driving also.

      about 22 days ago
    • random innocent human
      random innocent human

      How bout I-vtec :)

      about 28 days ago
    • Andrew K
      Andrew K

      The SH-AWD in my RDX is great.

      about 1 month ago
    • Alloysius Voon
      Alloysius Voon

      I would like to know the name of the introduction music.

      about 1 month ago
    • Je P
      Je P

      What about the Passport system?

      about 1 month ago
    • Driving Sports TV
      Driving Sports TV In reply to Je P

      It uses the same setup as the Pilot.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kartboarder22G

      Thank you for doing these videos for us! Obviously for me to go out and do this in the real world, I just can't. Dealer would be like what do you want to do, etc. Great to see this. Can you do a Traverse High Country or new Enclave to see how their torque vectoring rear operates?

      about 1 month ago
    • 723lion

      For awd, either torque vectoring or just gtfo. All those awd/4wd crap from Toyota is a lie even with high end Lexus Lx. Toyota is still using 40 year old 4wd system until the 2019 rav4. Get the RDX or other European real awd.

      about 1 month ago
    • Hughes Le
      Hughes Le

      Very well executed!! Now we need to add the hybrid sh-awd 👌

      about 2 months ago
    • SanDiegoFreddy

      “Proactively sends power to the back.” That’s just a marketing way of saying it’s mainly front wheel drive. It may be more sophisticated than lesser systems, but it still has to wait for the system to detect when to send power to the back. Then it has to actually mechanically do it. The time it takes to do that can be critical if you encounter black ice on a front wheel while turning. This is inferior to AWD systems from Subaru, Audi, and some Toyotas (4Runner limited and Landcruiser)which send power to each wheel at all times.

      about 2 months ago
    • Vianne :p
      Vianne :p

      my dad has the 2012 acura rdx and its ahs sh-awd and it still works realy well im shook :O (rn he's saving up for the 2018 mdx)

      about 2 months ago
    • HereIgoAgain

      Way cool! Any thoughts about durability and repair costs, not that Acura buyers worry about a few Gs.

      about 3 months ago
    • kelvin savinon
      kelvin savinon

      Thanks for this video SH AWD is the best.. I want to see a mud test.

      about 3 months ago
    • Ishtiaq Alam
      Ishtiaq Alam

      Great production, and very informative.

      about 3 months ago
    • Said Iravani
      Said Iravani

      well explained , thank you !

      about 3 months ago
    • Always Right
      Always Right

      How many MDX drivers notice the transmission failing to respond to pedal input or failing to shift when you hit the gas while rolling in traffic or while on the highway at speed? Theres a serious problem with those 9 speed transmissions that Acura is covering up

      about 3 months ago
    • Mountain Life
      Mountain Life

      The best feature of SH-AWD is the yaw detection. When offroading, towing or just starting off on a step grade, it will be rear biased and will split the power and drop off around 50mph. I wish my MDX had a 50/50 split option and ability to turn off vectoring completely. My tire wear is fast compared to others and have had the rear kick out on icy corners. I've gotten used to just not accelerating on tight turns when that happens.

      about 3 months ago
    • David Steckley
      David Steckley

      The new ones kinda suck bc you cannot fully disable traction control, traction control off in the 07 MDX, she'll send 90% to the rear and drift in the snow.

      about 3 months ago
    • Slider68

      We almost bought an MDX, but we wanted to be able to tow an enclosed trailer, about 5000 lbs in winter conditions. We borrowed an MDX for a test drive and without the trailer I was really impressed with how the system performed in the wet and in the snow. It was also plenty of fun if you wanted to play around in slippery conditions with its torque vectoring controlling yaw and allowing mild oversteer. Any time we accelerated the SH-AWD seamlessly kicked in and cornering with any throttle and the torque vectoring would seamlessly kick in and provide very effective cornering, even in slippery conditions. It also did a fantastic job at making sure any tire with grip got torque for when trying to move in unequal slippery conditions. Even experimenting with ice under any 3 tires and pavement under only 1 tire, it was able to transfer power to any tire (including a single front tire by applying the front brake for the wheel on ice) very well. I was all set to part with my cash...

      Unfortunately when we hooked up the trailer (with only half a load too) we found that while cruising on the highway at 60-70 mph that the front tires kept losing traction every time we hit a bit of slush or snow. Once they did the SH-AWD system would start to engage the rear wheels, but only after slipping first at these higher speeds. At highway speeds it really wants to be a front wheel drive. That was bad enough with the MDX providing a very "front wheel drive feel", and "surging" in and out of AWD, but after about 15 minutes of highway cruising with the SH-AWD kicking in over and over to keep the speed up, an SH-AWD over temperature warning popped up on the gauge cluster (and the temperature outside was something like -5°C too). Once this happened the system reverted to a fully front wheel drive vehicle and now it sucked totally at even trying to maintain speed in the no more than 1.5 inches of snow that fell that afternoon with the front tires spinning and losing traction constantly. I suppose it is possible this particular 2014 MDX was defective and it did not have snow tires, but I did find comments on online forums where other people experienced the same problem when towing in slippery conditions with their MDX too. In addition to the poor winter towing performance I was also concerned that we might end up burning out the SH-AWD clutches by towing in the winter so we decided against the MDX.

      Later, in essentially the same conditions, we tested a slightly older 2007 Lexus GX470 (ended up buying it too) with its old fashioned full time 4wd system, also equipped with all season SUV tires. For towing the trailer it was much more consistent than the MDX. If required you can lock the center differential, but even with it open, it worked great for towing. Also when the traction gets bad and unequal, the GX470 does a great job using the A-Trac system to transfer power to tires with grip (easily passing the same 3 wheel on ice 1 wheel on pavement tests that the MDX also passed, with ease). The GX470 doesn't have the very cool torque vectoring the MDX has and you can definitely feel the difference though. The GX470 does like to oversteer a bit if you push it, but it won't let you play too much before the computer kicks in and straightens you out (unless you disable the system).

      Another useful feature for towing that the GX470 has that the MDX doesn't is auto-leveling air suspension. No matter how much load the GX470 has in the rear or how heavy the trailer's tongue weighs, the air bags automatically inflate and bring the vehicle to a level stance. It also has adjustable damping for the shock absorbers so heavy loads can be stiffened up to provide a very stable ride.

      Ultimately the GX470 behaves more like a very luxurious, comfortable truck with an incredible sound system and a heavy duty, "torquey", low rpm engine, and a truck-like drivetrain that is also very capable off-road, while the MDX behaves more like a moderately luxurious, semi-sporty station wagon with a powerful, high revving engine and a light duty AWD system. As a people mover and daily driver I'd probably prefer the MDX, but for an all around utility vehicle that is also extremely luxurious and comfortable, especially for long distance highway cruising (with or without a trailer), the GX470 is tough to beat.

      about 3 months ago
    • Aarya Patnaik
      Aarya Patnaik

      Ever heard of quattro?

      about 3 months ago
    • Driving Sports TV
      Driving Sports TV In reply to Aarya Patnaik

      Yes. Quattro copied some features of SH-AWD when Honda’s system first came out.

      about 3 months ago
    • G Gonzalez
      G Gonzalez

      I have a Acura mdx 07 sh awd and I had a Tiguan 2015 4 motion.. Clone awd systems.. Same performance

      about 3 months ago
    • Blue Ridge DSIA
      Blue Ridge DSIA

      remember with sh-awd if you get stuck in snow when you park, turn off traction control so you can get enough torque to blast out of the snow. Dont ask how I know

      about 3 months ago
    • J. Adam Gutierrez
      J. Adam Gutierrez

      too bad the new CR-V's are pieces of shit. the 1.5I turbo engine is garbage.... do your research and stay away. search OIL DILUTION PROBLEM

      about 3 months ago
    • Ryan Horikoshi
      Ryan Horikoshi

      I'd love to see a review of the new Kia Telluride/Hyundai Palisades AWD systems.

      about 3 months ago
    • Walter 777 Smith
      Walter 777 Smith

      I took MDX AND LEXUS 350 for road test and I like MDX much better more spacious interior specially behind the steering wheel nothing on my way and the ride so smooth . So I am getting MDX .

      about 3 months ago
    • DMX 10033
      DMX 10033

      So, which one is better overall?

      about 3 months ago
    • Owais Akhtar
      Owais Akhtar

      Please do a quick comparison between Acura, Lexus all-wheel drive systems against one of the top Germans. Audi or Mercedes Benz please. Thank you

      about 3 months ago
    • Driving Sports TV
      Driving Sports TV In reply to Owais Akhtar

      We’re working on an AWD video about Mercedes 4Motion. Look for that in the coming month.

      about 3 months ago
    • Tsz2g4f

      Is SH AWD equivalent to the torsen Quattro?

      about 3 months ago
    • joedogg9836
      joedogg9836 In reply to Tsz2g4f

      It's actually similar to Audi's new Quattro Ultra, although SH-AWD is slightly better.

      about 3 months ago
    • D- W
      D- W

      NEVER buy car with Forced Lighting. Always verify that ALL lights can be turned off during the daytime. If you don't do this your resale value is terrible. I sold a used car recently, most of the people that came to look at it would not buy the car because the Daytime Running Lights (DRL) could not be turned off. You have been warned. Toyota has DRL Off on the light switch.

      about 3 months ago
    • Seungho Lee
      Seungho Lee In reply to D- W

      D- W in Canada, forced lighting is mandatory for all car makers.

      about 2 months ago