Acura AWD Vehicles

Acura has developed a sterling reputation for delivering a blend of first-class features and fittings with performance-focused driving, and you’ll enjoy that union to its fullest potential by browsing the latest lineup of Acura all-wheel drive (AWD) models. Fitted with Acura SH-AWD (Sport-Handling All-Wheel Drive) to go above and beyond traditional expectations, Acura AWD models range from compact sedans to 3-row SUVs, with options including:

  • 2019 Acura MDX
  • 2020 Acura RDX
  • 2019 Acura RLX
  • 2020 Acura TLX
  • 2019 Acura NSX

Read on to find out what makes each one a frontrunner in its respective segment.

Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)

Standard all-wheel drive systems focus solely on improving traction while covering uneven terrain or driving during adverse weather conditions, but Acura takes the concept further with SH-AWD. While providing the conventional all-weather, all-terrain advantages, their cutting-edge system continuously directs engine power for high-performance dry-road handling.

Based on an analysis of wheel speed, steering angle, lateral G-force, and yaw rate, SH-AWD determines the optimal level of power distribution between the front and rear wheels:

  • Up to 90% of power is sent to the front wheels during straight-line cruising to ensure strong efficiency scores.
  • As weight shifts to the rear during hard acceleration, SH-AWD transfers up to 45% of engine power to the rear wheels for full rear-wheel traction.
  • When taking a corner, 70% of effective torque can be directed to the rear for improved control.

2019 Acura MDX

With spacious seating across 3 rows and plenty of upper-class fittings, the Acura MDX will appeal to drivers looking for a combination of family-friendly practicality and luxury sensibilities.


  • Performance: Non-hybrid models carry a 3.5L V6 engine with direct injection that delivers up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. SH-AWD models can tow up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Efficiency: A Motor-Integrated 7-Speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) helps deliver up to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway* with SH-AWD models.
  • Space: Up to 132.7 cubic feet of passenger space divides between 7 passengers as standard or 6 with available 2nd row captain’s chairs. You’ll find up to 15.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 3rd row, 43.4 behind the 2nd, or 90.9 behind the 1st.
  • Features: Standard features include tri-zone climate control, 14-way power front seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and an 8-speaker Acura premium audio system. Available MDX features include heated and ventilated front seats, GPS-linked climate control, 12-speaker sound system, and a Rear Entertainment System with 16-inch ultra-wide full VGA screen.
  • Safety: The Acura MDX achieved a 5-star NHTSA**. safety score and an IIHS Top Safety Pick Award All models feature the following AcuraWatch driver assistance technologies as standard: Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System, and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System.


2020 Acura RDX

Pictured is the 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec, a premium crossover SUV capable of delivering a sporty ride and track-like agility. When fitted this crossover is fitted with the optional SH-AWD system, it’s even more fun and capable to drive. Defined by sleek lines and high-end performance features, it’s ideal for those seeking an AWD crossover boasting nimble driving dynamics.


  • Performance: All models come fitted with a turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0L aluminum-alloy 4-cylinder for up to 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. You can use the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) to cycle between SNOW, COMFORT, SPORT, and SPORT setting. Maximum towing comes in at 1,500 lbs.
  • Efficiency: SH-AWD models fit a 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters to deliver up to an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway*.
  • Space: Up to 104 cubic feet of passenger space provides room enough for all five occupants to stretch out and relax. There’s up to 31.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the 2nd row and 79.8 behind the 1st, plus a handy rear cargo underfloor storage area.
  • Features: Standard features include 12-way power seats, Apple CarPlay, and a 9-speaker sound system. Available RDX features include a 16-speaker Acura/ELS Studio 3D premium audio system, head-up display, and surround-view camera system.
  • Safety: The 2020 Acura RDX boasts an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award and brings all AcuraWatch driver assistance features as standard.


2019 Acura RLX

A full-size premium sedan with sweeping bodywork and high-end features, the Acura RLX effortlessly stands out from the crowd wherever you choose to take it. Fitting SH-AWD upgrades handling and power for thrilling performance.


  • Performance: All SH-AWD models come fitted with a 3.5L aluminum-alloy direct injection V6 with Variable Cylinder Management™ for up to 310 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque.
  • Efficiency: A 10-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters delivers up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway*.
  • Space: Generously sized even for a full-size luxury sedan, the Acura TLX provides up to 102.1 cubic feet of passenger space and either 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space as standard or 12 cubic with the available Advance Package.
  • Features: Standard features include heated front seats, GPS-linked climate control, tri-zone automatic climate control, Acura/ELS Studio® 3D Premium Audio System with 14 Speakers, Acura Navigation System with 3D View, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Available features include heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard seats, and a surround-view camera system.
  • Safety: The 2019 Acura RLX achieved a 5-star NHTSA** safety rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick Award. AcuraWatch driver assistance technology comes as standard.


2020 Acura TLX

Kelley Blue Book rates the Acura TLX “among the standout vehicles in the crowded segment of compact-luxury sedans”. A smaller sedan with a spirited drive, it’s made for drivers who want to savor every last mile.


  • Performance: Choose between a 2.4L inline-4 for up to 206 hp and 182 lb-ft of torque or an available 3.5L V6 for up to 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. The Integrated Dynamics System offers ECONOMY, NORMAL, SPORT, and SPORT+ drive modes.
  • Efficiency: The cutting-edge 9-Speed Automatic Transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters helps return up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway*.
  • Space: 93.3 cubic feet of passenger space provides up to 37.2 inches of front headroom and a liberal 42.6 inches of front legroom. You’ll also find up to 13.2 cubic feet of cargo space as standard or 14.3 cubic feet with the Advance Package.
  • Features: Standard features include heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™) touchscreen infotainment system, and Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™. Available features include a wireless charger, ELS Studio® premium audio system, Acura Navigation System, and surround-view camera.
  • Safety: The 2020 Acura TLX has not yet been rated by the NHTSA. AcuraWatch driver assistance technology comes as standard.


2019 Acura NSX

The Acura NSX unites hybrid engineering with supercar performance to create one of the most compelling cars on the road today. It can make zero to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and achieve a top track speed of 191 mph. Since it’s the first supercar in the world to carry bespoke Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, your ride will feel truly unique.


  • Performance: A 500 hp, 406 lb-ft torque 3.5L V6 with mid-mounted twin-turbocharger combines with front-mounted 36+36-hp Twin Motor Unit (TMU) combine with a 47-hp Direct Drive Motor for exceptional acceleration and high-speed cruising. The 9-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission keeps the next gear up or down preloaded for seamless power delivery.
  • Style: Seating options include Semi-Aniline Leather and Alcantara, Milano Leather and Alcantara, and Semi-Aniline Full Leather. Color options include Indigo, Ebony, Orchid, Saddle, and Red.
  • Features: Acura NSX features include a 7-inch touchscreen, GPS navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, AcuraLink Smartphone Connectivity, and 9-speaker ELS Studio® premium audio system.
  • Packages: The Signature Interior Package features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic silver steering wheel spokes, Alcantara meter visor, and brushed aluminum pedals. The Carbon Fiber Interior Sport Package features a carbon fiber upper steering-wheel rim, carbon fiber steering wheel spokes, and carbon fiber meter visor.


Explore Acura AWD Cars with Your Local Puget Sound Acura Dealer

Whether you need an Acura AWD sedan, Acura AWD SUV, or Acura AWD supercar, the team at your local Seattle area Acura showroom can be of assistance. To check out current special offers or talk through financing options, feel free to contact us today.

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid models only) and other factors.

**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program. For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit

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