When you want the improved handling and confidence offered by all-wheel drive, letting you conquer the unexpected New England weather, don’t settle for anything less than a Honda. Honda AWD cars give you some of the best variety on the road while many other automakers expect you to be driving a pickup before you would even consider equipping your vehicle with all-wheel drive.
At New England Honda Dealers, we have five Honda vehicles that either come with all-wheel drive as standard or as an upgradeable feature. Let’s take a look.
New England is known for its rich history and some of the most breathtaking views in the country. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has been designed to perform, from coast to peak. Weather has met its adversary in the form of the all-wheel drive Ridgeline. The four wheels gripping the earth are powered by a 280 hp, 262 lb-ft of torque 3.5L V-6 engine. If you find yourself with a boat or camper in the driveway, the Ridgeline has up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.1
To assist in maximizing the grip through all road conditions is the Intelligent Traction Management System. Any changes in terrain will immediately be counteracted to keep all four corners of the Ridgeline’s independent suspension firmly on the road. Whether you’re cruising around town or road tripping through the region, you’ll be able to appreciate the impressive fuel efficiency of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.2
The 2018 Ridgeline excels at hauling cargo. For items that you don’t want in the elements, the rear seat folds up to provide 50 cubic feet of storage room—spacious enough to fit a bicycle. Located in the floor beneath the rear seat is a sealed storage compartment, allowing for even more gear. It doesn’t stop there. The dual-action tailgate can swing open, as well as fold down, to allow for easy access to the weather-protected trunk located under the floor of the truck bed. From cityscapes to the mountainscapes, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline AWD will get you there with confidence.
New for the 2018 model year, the Honda HR-V gives drivers a third crossover option within the Honda lineup, and just like the Pilot and the CR-V, you can drive Honda’s new compact crossover with all-wheel drive on each of its three trim levels.
The 2018 Honda HR-V AWD LX, EX, and EX-L Navi trim levels have a wide range of luxury and technology features, and whichever trim you choose, Honda’s Real Time All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control has your back. Each HR-V AWD model features a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT) to optimize gear ratios and improve fuel economy on the 141 hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine.
Real Time All-Wheel Drive with Intelligent Control is different than competing all-wheel drive systems; it can sense when your HR-V is losing traction and send some of its 127 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels to give your tires a grip on the road and keep you on course. The 2018 Honda HR-V AWD is available now at your New England Honda Dealers, and as Honda’s newest utility vehicle, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
These days, the crossover is often the go-to family car of choice, and we think you’ll be happy to hear that you can find Honda’s AWD system on each trim level of their famous 2017 Honda CR-V. Under the hood is a 2.4L four-cylinder engine with 184 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque, and each trim can come with Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System.
Not only does this Honda AWD system give you incredible drivetrain efficiency, decreased vibration, and reduced noise, but it also only kicks in when AWD is necessary. If the system senses that you’re low on traction, it will automatically transfer power to the rear wheels, and it does so electronically. Electronic torque transfer is one of the fastest reacting all-wheel drive systems around and requires practically no maintenance. It’s there for you when you need it, just like the CR-V.
In addition to the available AWD system, you’ll be able to tow up to 1,500 pounds in a CR-V,3 pairing well with the versatile hatchback design, easily expanding cargo area, and game-changing standard features that have made it one of the most popular crossovers in the world.
Like the CR-V, the 2017 Honda Pilot AWD can be found in all of the Pilot’s available trim levels—LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite—letting you get not only a powertrain you can depend on but also some of the best amenities in the cabin ranging from leather upholstery to a one-touch power moonroof and a rear seat DVD entertainment system.
But if you’re looking for the control of all-wheel drive on a modern SUV, you’re likely concerned most about the power. Under the hood is a 3.5L V6 with 280 hp, and when you opt for the Pilot AWD, you can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped thanks to the 262 lb-ft of torque.4 That’s 1,500 pounds more than the front-wheel drive models.
The Variable Torque Management system of the Pilot engages automatically, but if you know you’ll be starting in low-traction conditions like loose gravel, ice, or mud, you can manually lock your rear differential at speeds of up to 18 miles per hour, making it easy to get out of tough driving situations.
The 2015 Honda Crosstour is one of the most interesting cars we’ve ever had the pleasure of offering. Somewhere between a family sedan and a crossover, the Crosstour was originally an Accord, and you can find all of the hallmarks of Honda’s famous sedan along with the practicality of a hatchback storage space. If you wanted Honda’s AWD family car, this is it.
The 2015 Crosstour EX-L V6 AWD gives you access to Honda’s Real Time 4WD system, which engages any time the vehicle detects slippage and you need improved grip on the road. Rest easy knowing that the Crosstour will take over with its hydraulically actuated all-wheel drive system, operating only when your front wheels start to slip and helping you through tricky terrain and onto solid ground.
With 278 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque, the Crosstour AWD is capable of towing up to 1,500 pounds,5 making it an even more versatile family vehicle.
If you’re looking for an AWD Honda car in New England, all you have to do is visit a New England Honda Dealer today and let one of our sales experts show you around our inventory. We think you’ll be surprised by the incredible variety in Honda’s all-wheel drive selection, and whether you want a practical car, a crossover, an SUV, or a pickup, we have you covered.