What Is Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive?

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Acura SH-AWD Meaning

Acura’s SH-AWD, or Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, made its production debut in the 2005 Acura RL. Since then, two different versions of SH-AWD have made its way into the current Acura lineup: a third-generation SH-AWD system that can be found in vehicles like the TLX and RDX, and an industry-first, electrically-powered torque-vectoring AWD system that could by found onboard Acura’s Sport Hybrid models. Join Vern Eide Acura as we explain how SH-AWD works, find out the difference between SH-AWD vs. AWD, and learn which Acura vehicles have Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

Acura SH-AWD Explained

SH-AWD technology is responsible for the track-inspired performance you see from the NSX supercar. But how does Acura’s SH-AWD system actually work? SH-AWD continuously directs engine power to match weight distribution, driver input, available traction, and other conditions. This means the system proactively redistributes power before you lose traction in the first place.


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Acura SH-AWD Benefits

As an all-wheel drive system, Acura’s SH-AWD will definitely give you more confidence during a South Dakota winter, but this drivetrain can do so much more. Continue reading to learn all about SH-AWD features and benefits.

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SH-AWD Will Reduce Understeer

In driving scenarios where understeer is common, SH-AWD will increase stability even more by revolving the outside rear wheel slightly faster than the other wheels to help prevent front tire slippage.

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Accelerate Through Corners With SH-AWD

SH-AWD will create more traction through corners because most of the engine torque can be distributed to the rear wheels. Additionally, the system can apply all of that power to the outside wheel, shifting weight/torque to where it’s needed most and improving your ability to corner at faster speeds.

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SH-AWD Can Improve Fuel Efficiency

SH-AWD can send a majority of the vehicle’s engine power to the front wheels while cruising on a straightaway to greatly increase fuel economy.

Which Acura Models Have SH-AWD?

Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive is available for the 2022 TLX sport sedan, 2022 MDX performance SUV, and 2022 RDX sport crossover. While SH-AWD is an optional upgrade on every trim level, there are certain packages that come standard equipped with the NSX-inspired drivetrain, and those models can be found below.

Acura SUVs With Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

2022 Acura RDX SH-AWD

2022 Acura RDX SH-AWD

Select the Advance Package or A-Spec Advance Package if you wish to drive a 2022 Acura RDX with SH-AWD.

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2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD

2022 Acura MDX SH-AWD

Select the A-Spec Package, Advance Package, or Type S if you wish to drive a 2022 Acura MDX with SH-AWD.

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Acura Cars With Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

2022 Acura TLX SH-AWD

2022 Acura TLX SH-AWD

Select the Advance Package or Type S if you wish to drive a 2022 Acura TLX with SH-AWD.

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Test Acura SH-AWD Reliability for Yourself With a Test Drive Today

We here at Vern Eide Acura would like you to experience the reliability of Acura’s SH-AWD system for yourself. Call our staff at (605) 307-3322 to schedule a test drive or just stop by our dealership located at 4030 S. Grange Drive in Sioux Falls, SD. Don’t be intimidated by South Dakota’s ice and snow. Tackle the winter weather with an Acura SUV or car equipped with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.

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