Is your all-wheel drive on in your Mazda?

By Product Expert | Posted in Mazda CX-5, Technology, Tips & Tricks on Thursday, January 4th, 2018 at 3:09 pm
2018 Mazda CX-5 red side view driving through twisty mountain roads

How to turn on AWD in your Mazda CX-5

Do you have an all-wheel-drive equipped Mazda CX-5? Then you may want to learn how to turn on AWD in your Mazda CX-5. You may have hunted high and low for a button without success. We will tell you why that is while also explaining how all-wheel drive works in your Mazda CX-5.

2018 Mazda CX-5 white side view in front of a snow covered mountainIs there a button for Mazda CX-5 AWD?

There is no button for Mazda CX-5 all-wheel drive so stop looking. The truth of the matter is that if you have an all-wheel-drive equipped Mazda CX-5, then your AWD system is always engaged.

It’s called always-on all-wheel drive. We can tell you a little about how it works specifically with regards to your Mazda CX-5.


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2018 Mazda CX-5 white top view from a far on twisty roadsHow does always-on all-wheel drive work?

As its name would imply, always-on AWD means that the system is always operating, but it doesn’t mean that all four wheels are always getting power. Instead, most of the time, your Mazda CX-5 is operating in its most efficient configuration with all or nearly all the power being diverted to just the front wheels.

This front-wheel-drive design ensures that you get ridiculous fuel economy. In fact, this AWD system is just one of the reasons that the 2018 Mazda CX-5 can still achieve 24-city mpg and 30-highway mpg even when equipped with AWD.

What about when you need all-wheel-drive capability? That’s when the Mazda CX-5 i-ACTIV AWD® kicks in. By utilizing a wide array of sensors with reaction times measured in milliseconds, this AWD system can shift power to the rear wheels. It will do this seamlessly during heavy acceleration, inclement weather, and even in turns to ensure that you have traction when you need it.

2018 Mazda CX-5 with AWD badgingHow can you tell if your Mazda CX-5 has AWD?

Are you not sure if your Mazda CX-5 has all-wheel drive? Maybe you bought it used, or maybe you just didn’t think of it when you were buying new, either way, it’s a good thing to know. The best way to tell is to simply look at the badging in the rear. If it says AWD under the model name, then you are indeed driving an all-wheel-drive equipped Mazda CX-5.


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