What is Mazda’s i-ACTIV All-Wheel Drive?

From time to time customers enter our showroom, fall in love with a new Mazda and just before they drive off the lot they ask a little sheepishly, “Soo what is Mazda i-ACTIV?” And we tell them: Mazda i-ACTIV is Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel-drive system designed to deliver safety, comfort and increased fuel efficiency. It keeps you and your passengers safely on the road and maximizes your Mazda’s fuel efficiency. It’s a new way of driving, a better way of driving, and available in more Mazda models than you think.

i-ACTIV works by automatically distributing torque between a vehicle’s front and rear wheels. By using a wide range of sensors located throughout your Mazda, i-ACTIV all-wheel drive constantly monitors road conditions and even the slightest changes in driving speed. This allows your Mazda to adjust when, and how much, torque is delivered to your rear wheels. If talk of torque and sensors sounds like mumbo jumbo, don’t worry about it, here’s the payoff:

Mazda i-ACTIV all-wheel drive enables secure take-off, acceleration, cornering, and braking. And because it prevents tire slippage, and minimizes rear wheel torque when driving on dry road surfaces, you reap the benefits with a great fuel economy.

Now, to make a good thing even better. Mazda, always a leader in improving driving dynamics, has made its cutting edge i-ACTIV all-wheel drive technology available on its current SUV models, including the CX-3, CX-5, CX-9 Sport, CX-9 Touring, and the CX-9 Grand Touring. That means whether you’re driving down wet city streets in a subcompact Mazda CX-3 crossover or snaking down windy snowy mountain trails in the three-row 7-passenger Mazda CX-9 SUV, you can drive confidently knowing i-ACTIV technology is working to keep you safely on the road.

Still have questions about i-ACTIV all-wheel drive? Head to our Dublin Mazda dealership and speak with a member of our Dublin Mazda team. We can further explain the benefits and inner-workings of i-ACTIV technology and set you up with an SUV test drive. It’s easy to understand the difference all-wheel drive makes when you’re sitting behind the wheel.

Till next time!