What is Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive?

Acura RDX Driving Around a Curved Bridge

When you get behind the wheel of a luxury model, you’ll want plenty of seamless handling to keep you moving on Naperville and Elmhurst roads and beyond. That’s why many of Acura’s top sedans and SUVs come with available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) to take your ride to the next level. See how much you can benefit from this unique drivetrain option with the help of the automotive experts at McGrath Acura of Westmont.

What is an Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive?

What sets apart Acura SH-AWD from other drivetrain options? This reliable sport handling choice improves your performance in challenging conditions to offer dry-road handling while also providing similar weather advantages you may have in conventional all-wheel drive systems. The Acura SH-AWD redistributes engine power for accurate weight weight distribution, available traction, driver input, and much more. Check out some additional ways, Acura SH-AWD can enhance the look feel and performance of your luxury ride:

  • Acura SH-AWD determines the optimal level of power distribution between the front and rear wheels individually based on wheel speed, steering angle, lateral G-force and yaw rate.
  • Acura SH-AWD improves fuel efficiency by sending 90% of the power to the front wheels when cruising in a straight line.
  • Acura SH-AWD transfers nearly 45% of engine power to the rear wheels and takes full advantage of additional, available traction.
  • Acura SH-AWD enables you to make turns easily as 70% of torque is applied to the rear or outside wheels and offsets some of the vehicle weight that has been shifted. 
  • Acura SH-AWD offers more handling when turning as it reduces understeer and increases stability by revolving the outside rear wheel 2.7% faster than the other wheels to ensure they keep moving.
Acura TLX Driving in Snow

Which Acura Models Come with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive

So, which Acura lineups features SH-AWD? No matter if you prefer the look and feel of an Acura seda, crossover, or SUV, you’ll find this performance feature available in higher package options throughout the following Acura lineups:

  • 2020 Acura MDX
    • Available on the Acura MDX Standard, Technology, A-Spec, Advance, and Entertainment Packages.
    • Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is also available on the Technology and Advance Packages.
  • 2020 Acura RDX
    • Available on the Acura RDX Standard, Technology, and A-Spec, and Advance Packages.
  • 2020 Acura TLX
    • Available on the Acura TLX Standard, Technology, and A-Spec Packages.
    • Standard on the Acura TLX Advance Package.

Find the Right Acura Package and Drivetrain at McGrath Acura of Westmont

Now that you’ve learned more about Acura SH-AWD you can read more about unique Acura performance, technology, and safety features not found in any other model. Then make your way over to McGrath Acura of Westmont and get a look at our inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned models for sale to find the model with SH-AWD that you like best. Our finance team is here to answer your questions and help get the car leasing or financing process started. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a test drive at our dealership near Downers Grove and Chicago!

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McGrath Acura of Westmont
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400 East Ogden Avenue
Westmont, IL, 60559 United States
McGrath Acura of Westmont 41.810947, -87.965787.