I-Activ AWD


Mazda's predictive i-ACTIV AWD is an on-demand system with 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.


Driver intent

The i-ACTIV AWD system uses several sensors to determine the driver's intentions. Is the driver intending to speed up? How is the steering wheel turned? How much pressure is on the brakes? These considerations are taken into account, and determine how the system reacts to achieve the best control.

Road conditions

i-ACTIV AWD 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, or if the driver is on a hill or attempting to turn. This enables the i-ACTIV AWD system to predict when slippage will occur.

Slip protection

i-ACTIV AWD is designed to send 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.


Direction from the command module lets the i-ACTIV AWD system apply the required torque to the wheels. This delivers a stable driving experience with better control over acceleration, turns and slippage.


i-ACTIV AWD was designed to deliver exceptional responsiveness and to challenge the convention that an AWD vehicle must be inefficient. To achieve this, they set out to reduce frictional losses and the weight of AWD components. This results in exceptional AWD control and fuel economy.

Reducing frictional losses

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

Weight reduction

Engineers 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.


Discover all the benefits of i-ACTIV AWD, available in our CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 models.

The New CX-3, with i-ACTIV AWD

The New CX-5, with i-ACTIV AWD.

The New CX-9, with i-ACTIV AWD.