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Is the Honda CR-V AWD?

Metallic Gray 2022 Honda CR-V driving on city road

Many Portland want the most traction possible if they plan on taking their vehicle over rough terrain or through inclement weather conditions. More often than not, this means they need an all-wheel drive, or AWD, vehicle. Many larger vehicles like SUVs come with AWD either standard or available as an upgrade, and the Honda CR-V is one of them! The Honda CR-V has AWD as an available upgrade on lower trim levels, and it comes standard on higher trims. But you’re not just getting an AWD system—you’re getting Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™, designed to maximize power and minimize lag whenever possible. The team at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda has put together a guide outlining the Honda CR-V AWD system below – check it out!



What is the Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™?

Although all-wheel drive is relatively common these days, a lot of auto brands have their own specialized version of it that features unique little differences. Honda has Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™, which is primarily used to upgrade Honda vehicles with front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive. The Honda CR-V is no different—as we’ve already discussed, it comes standard with front-wheel drive, but this can easily be modified if you feel like upgrading. Here’s how the system works:

  • The system installs a rear differential which engages via a multi-clutch system when the vehicle senses that it’s losing traction on difficult terrain or off-road conditions.
  • When this happens, the system delivers torque to all four vehicles, rather than just the front two.
  • “Intelligent Control” is a part of the system that reduces lag often suffered by all-wheel drive vehicles when they have to use the rear wheels.
  • The Intelligent Control system uses a transmission-mounted electric motor to transfer power rather than a mechanical system, maximizing its efficiency.

What Are the Honda CR-V AWD Models?

Every Honda CR-V has AWD available. However, some upper trims have it as a standard drivetrain, while lower trims require you to upgrade. Here are the details for each of the seven available configurations::

  • Honda CR-V LX: AWD available as upgrade
  • Honda CR-V Special Edition: AWD available as upgrade
  • Honda CR-V EX: AWD available as upgrade
  • Honda CR-V EX-L: AWD standard
  • Honda CR-V Touring: AWD standard
  • Honda CR-V EX Hybrid: AWD standard
  • Honda CR-V EX-L Hybrid: AWD standard

No matter which trim you choose (except the hybrid models), you’ll be getting a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that delivers 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque, alongside a smooth Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and 18-inch wheels.

Test Drive a Honda CR-V with AWD at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda!

Want to see how the Honda CR-V with AWD handles on the West Linn roads? Just contact our office or stop by our dealership to set up a test drive, and we’ll get you behind the wheel in no time! You can also learn more about the capabilities of the Honda CR-V and the rest of our lineup with our research hub. To see how the Honda CR-V stacks up to the competition, check out our comparison with the Toyota RAV4!


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