What does P-AWS stand for in Acura models?
When it comes to everyday handling, many shoppers are starting to look for cars that have all-wheel drive. Those who take their vehicle to the track have long noticed that the drivetrain helps with stability as all four tires work to keep traction, but this can also mean a significant dip to fuel economy. Many shoppers may have noticed that Acura models that appear to be front-wheel drive are listed as P-AWS®, so what is this and how does it work?
Acura offers independent toe angling
The Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ isn’t to be confused with all-wheel drive. It’s not that power is sent to the rear wheels, but rather the system allows for the rear wheels to independently adjust the toe angles. This feature works together with the Agile Handling System for improved control and maneuverability, without using extra fuel.
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The Agile Handling Assist system allows equipped Acura models to automatically brake both the front and rear wheels when turning, making it easier to maintain control on tight curves. Altogether, you get a precision feel when you’re driving, but it puts a greater emphasis on agility and handling, rather than fully convincing drivers that their Acura is ready to wage the war against black ice when winter comes along.
Consider it something of an in-between, as the P-AWS system still applies to a front-wheel drive vehicle, but it’s not the FWD you’re used to. Find out for yourself when you stop by Karen Radley Acura for a test drive.
At this time, the 2018 Acura TLX and 2017 Acura RLX both have a front-wheel drive configuration with P-AWS®. It isn’t clear if other models will be upgraded for 2018, but we’ll be writing about all the latest news here at the Karen Radley Acura Blog with all the latest news.