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i-ACTIV AWD. Confidence ignited by intuition

Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV AWD intelligent all wheel drive system 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.

Sensing conditions


Mazda CX-3

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.

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.

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.





The i-ACTIV AWD command module calculates conditions 200-times-per-second for an ideal split of torque between the front and rear wheels. This allows quick and responsive reactions that ensure a more stable and controlled drive.


Direction from the command module lets the i-ACTIV 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.

Uncompromised fuel efficiency

i-ACTIV AWD was designed to deliver exceptional responsiveness and to challenge the convention that an AWD vehicle must be inefficient.  In order to deliver the benefits of AWD and excellent fuel efficiency they set out to reduce the weight of the AWD components and to minimize frictional losses.

Reducing frictional losses

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

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.

Experience it yourself

Discover all the benefits of i-ACTIV AWD, available in our First-Ever Mazda CX-3 and the Mazda CX-5 models, and coming soon on the Brand-New Mazda CX-9.

Mazda CX-3 Akari

First-Ever Mazda CX-3


There’s never been an SUV that can move you like this. For the very first time, new generation Mazda thinking combines with enhanced capability and city-friendly size.

The First-Ever Mazda CX-3 offers an intelligent on-demand system that actively distributes torque under electronic control.

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CX-5 Akera brings supreme comfort and class-leading technology.

Mazda CX-5


Mazda CX-5 gives you sporty responses and nimble handling, yet breakthrough SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY also achieves amazing fuel economy. It adds to driving enjoyment with cleverly integrated connectivity, and heightens confidence with the advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety. 

All of this and you also have stylish and dynamic design, coming together in a uniquely athletic SUV.

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Brand-New Mazda CX-9

Brand-New Mazda CX-9


Bringing together luxury and practicality in a family SUV like no other, Brand-New Mazda CX-9 represents the latest in Mazda’s new generation line-up. 
A striking new KODO Design offers refined looks while the breakthrough SKYACTIV-G 2.5T petrol engine sets benchmarks in superb performance and fuel economy.

Brand-New Mazda CX-9 is the SUV your family will love, but you’ll love even more.

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