2016 Mazda CX-3 i-ACTIV AWD Capabilities

How Does i-ACTIV AWD Work in the 2016 Mazda CX-3?

Mazda’s innovative i-ACTIV AWD system is one of the standout features on the 2016 Mazda CX-3.

How Does i-ACTIV AWD Work in the 2016 Mazda CX-3?

One of the unique features of the all-new upcoming CX-3 is the i-ACTIV all-wheel drive system. This innovative system is designed to deliver better traction to the subcompact crossover. So, how does i-ACTIV AWD work in the 2016 Mazda CX-3?

Normally operating as a front-wheel drive vehicle, the CX-3 is available with the i-ACTIV AWD system. The feature has some high tech monitoring capabilities that allow the vehicle to work proactively to keep the vehicle in control, rather than just retroactively.

What the i-ACTIV system does is monitor data from the CX-3’s ABS and stability control systems, which allows it to determine the direction the vehicle is heading and the amount of traction available. It can also monitor the vehicle’s onboard thermometer in order to determine the ambient temperature. The all-wheel drive system will use the data to route power to the wheels on the vehicle that have the best grip on roadways with inclement weather conditions.

It doesn’t just respond to these occurrences, however, as it is also capable of predicting wheel slips before they happen. It can predict where the drive needs to be routed, whether it be the front or back of the vehicle, using the the data it gathers. This means it can react to the data before the vehicle actually slips, rather than simply reacting once it actually happens. The CX-3 also has a power take-off system for transferring power, and a compact and lightweight rear differential.

Power for the CX-3 comes from a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV engine delivering 146 horsepower and 146 lb.-ft. of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, though a manual-shift Sport mode is available.

So, how does i-ACTIV AWD work in the 2016 Mazda CX-3? Brilliantly, and with innovative technology that make this subcompact crossover a standout performer. Check out other vehicles in the CX family, like the CX-5 and CX-9. Be sure to check back to the Mazda of Lodi blog for future updates on the exciting CX-3 model.