See how our dealership is helping to offer a safe and reliable experience for all customers. Learn More


Confidence Ignited by Intuition Mazda's predictive i-Activ AWD is an on-demand system featuring sensors that check road conditions 200 times every second. Built to sense, and respond to these conditions, i-Activ AWD helps to ensure a more confident drive.


 img technologie driver intent15278623565001532352286880

Driver Intent

The i-Activ AWD system uses numerous sensors to determine the driver's intentions. Is the driver intending to accelerate? How sharply is the steering wheel turned? How much pressure is on the brakes? These and other considerations are taken into account, and determine how the system reacts in order to achieve optimum control.

Road Conditions

i-Activ AWD constantly monitors exterior temperature, wiper operation, the amount of torque required to turn the front wheels and the load on the engine. As a result, the system knows if it's snowing or raining, if the road is slippery if the driver is on a hill or attempting to turn. This enables the i-Activ AWD system to accurately predict when slippage will occur.

 img technologie road conditions15278623460921532352410506

 img technologie slip protection15278632017241532352457647

Slip Protection

i-Activ AWD is designed to send just enough torque to the rear wheels to prevent slippage from occurring. By doing this, it provides the traction associated with all-wheel drive, while minimizing the impact on fuel consumption.


An ideal split of torque between the front and rear wheels is achieved through the i-Activ AWD command module's innovative 200-times-per-second calculations, allowing for quick and responsive reactions that ensure a better, controlled drive.

img technologie calculation15278632358331532352496134

 img technologie response15278632698901532352544026


Direction from the command module lets the <span>i-Activ</span> AWD system apply the required torque to the wheels to deliver an exceptionally stable driving experience with better control over acceleration, turns, breaking and slippage


Reducing Frictional Losses

Engineers even studied the way the oil moves through the gears in order to enhance the efficiency of the system.

img technologie reducing frictional losses15278633537081532352720073

img technologie weight reduction15278634025551532352755592

Weight Reduction

In creating i-Activ AWD, engineers carefully scrutinized the design and materials used for every component. The result of these efforts is a 43% weight reduction compared to the previous generation system.



ajax loader2
Please confirm
In order to comply with the Canadian Anti-Spam Law, we are asking you to confirm that you wish to receive communications from us such as rebates, promotions, offers and future private sales.