By Rick Popely on August 2, 2013
"Does the Honda CR-V's all-wheel drive work when in Reverse?"
Courtnye N., Fort Worth, Texas
Honda says the CR-V's all-wheel-drive system will engage in Reverse as well as in forward gears. If you have to back up to get out of an icy, sloped driveway, for example, the all-wheel drive should provide assistance.
The CR-V's all-wheel-drive system sends all power to the front wheels on smooth, dry pavement. Under low-traction conditions, the system can send up to 100% of its power to either the front or rear as needed to maximize grip. Once traction stabilizes and the vehicle is cruising, it reverts to a front-wheel-drive mode to save fuel.
The system also sends some power to the rear wheels briefly to improve traction when taking off from a standing start or accelerating from low speeds.
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