Between months of snow and ice and the muddy roads that follow as everything melts, West Michigan drivers are no strangers to difficult driving conditions. That’s why finding a vehicle that can handle whatever winter weather lies ahead is so crucial, namely one that is fitted with a state-of-the-art all-wheel drive system. Such a system can mean the difference between smoothly accelerating regardless of the terrain ahead and finding yourself stuck in heavy snow or slipping through an intersection. Luckily, the latest lineup of Honda AWD models is tough to beat, and all versions come at prices you can afford when you browse the selection at a West Michigan Honda Dealers location near you.
Passport was a huge part of the SUV resurgence in the 1990s and it has returned to bring some much-needed utility back to the midsize SUV segment. The 2019 Honda Passport could be dubbed the Pilot that likes to play in the dirt. Although both SUVs pack a 3.5-liter V-6 engine capable of 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, the all-new Passport’s dimensions are more favorable when it comes to off-road fun. Its shorter length gives it a better approach angle while its higher ground clearance enhances departure and breakover angles.
Similar to Pilot, however, the 2019 Passport has an available, Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) AWD System that not only provides responsive traction during slippery road conditions, but it also improves dry weather handling. This highly innovative all-wheel drive system can send up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear axle, which is then transferred fully between the left and right rear wheels—as needed—during uncertain driving conditions.
Additionally, Passport’s AWD system is paired with Intelligent Traction Management for extra grip at the push of a button. Thanks to the Drive-by-Wire throttle, this technology puts four different driving modes at your fingertips, including Normal, Sand, Mud, and Snow, depending on the terrain. On the “Snow” setting, Intelligent Traction Management will actually start your Passport in second gear and send more power to the rear axle, similar to a rear locking differential.
Passport continues to impress when the time comes to load up your gear. If you’re pulling a toy, the 2019 Passport with all-wheel drive has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. If you require a generous amount of cargo area, the One-Touch Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seatback provides over 100 cubic feet. If you need even more space, your Passport can be equipped with roof rails and roof top basket for an additional 165 pounds of storage capacity. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, part-time explorer, city slicker, or all of the above, the 2019 Honda Passport is ready for your next adventure.
Come rain, ice, or snow, weather doesn’t discourage the 2019 Honda Ridgeline AWD from hitting the road. The all-wheel drive works in conjunction with Honda’s Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD System, distributing power to each wheel individually (as needed) to retain maximum grip of the road. Independent suspension can be found on all four corners of the Ridgeline, rather than a solid axle in the rear, as is the case with other pickup trucks. In turn, the tires will have solid contact with the road in any weather condition, creating a smooth and stable ride.
Drivers that find themselves quickly adding up the miles will appreciate the fuel efficiency of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline. With an impressive, EPA-estimated rating of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, you won’t be making frequent fuel stops. Power isn’t sacrificed in the name of fuel economy, as the Ridgeline’s 3.5L V6 engine produces a healthy 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.
The 2019 Ridgeline excels when it comes to transporting cargo. If you need to keep your possessions out of the elements, there is a weather-protected storage area underneath the rear seats, as well as a lockable, In-Bed Trunk located within the actual floor of the truck bed. The rear seats also fold up, when not in use, allowing for an additional 50 cubic feet of cargo area. Accessing the In-Bed Trunk is made easy thanks to the Ridgeline’s Dual-Action Tailgate that swings open to allow for closer interaction, but it also folds down to accommodate longer pieces of cargo.
No matter if it’s a hard snow or sleet that quickly turns to ice, drivers throughout the Great Lakes State know that weather conditions can get challenging in the blink of an eye. For that reason, finding a vehicle that is not only durable but safe is extremely important for those sometimes treacherous winter months. Behind the wheel of the 2019 Honda CR-V AWD, worries are put to ease with the available all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
The standard 184-hp engine (or available 190-hp turbocharged option) and Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System make slipping and sliding a fear of the past. Real Time AWD doesn’t wait for the front two tires to slip for the distribution of power to adjust and regain control. Instead, the multi-plate clutch and intelligent control system work together to instantly react to any harsh weather conditions and ensure a smooth ride throughout all trips. Although the AWD system works independently without any input from the driver, it can be initiated manually if necessary. When the skies begin to turn cloudy and gray as winter makes its return, the 2019 Honda CR-V will greet unpredictable weather conditions with the confidence that you and your family deserve.
There is a lot to love about the 2019 Honda HR-V. With looks and utility inspired by the Honda CR-V, and a healthy dose of efficiency and versatility borrowed from the Honda Fit, HR-V provides Western Michigan drivers with the best of both worlds in the form of a subcompact crossover SUV.
But don’t let its small stature fool you—the 2019 HR-V is still an SUV at heart. When the weather turns ugly and travel conditions become uncertain, the Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ will keep your rubber securely on the road. Available on every HR-V trim level, not only does this AWD system increase traction on slippery surfaces, but it also enhances stability during everyday driving maneuvers like cornering and climbing hills.
Unlike traditional, all-wheel drive systems, Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™ automatically jumps into action with virtually no lag time. Power is seamlessly distributed to the rear wheels during loss of traction, and just as quickly as it lends a helping hand, the system will disengage once stability has returned to your HR-V for optimum fuel efficiency. This is all-wheel drive done in proactive fashion, because Honda knows that every second counts when driving on slippery or snow-covered roadways.
Models outfitted with AWD will also carry front and rear stabilizer bars, while every 2019 HR-V comes standard equipped with hill start assist and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, keeping driver confidence at an all-time high. Whether it’s the dog days of summer or smack dab in the middle of winter, the 2019 Honda HR-V from your West Michigan Honda Dealers is a small crossover that makes big moves, no matter the road ahead.
Most Michigan drivers are well aware Pilot is truly the modern family SUV, and Honda’s 2019 installment has solidified such a title. With 280 horses under the hood, three rows of seating for up to eight passengers, and 83.9 cubic feet of max cargo area, even the most stressful road trip is reduced to a walk (or drive) in the park.
But how does the 2019 Honda Pilot react during adverse weather conditions or challenging terrain? Thanks to the Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System, available on any Pilot trim, your peace of mind will never waiver. This proactive all-wheel drive system employs adaptable front-to-rear distribution of engine torque which directs power to those wheels with traction. Each rear wheel is equipped with electro-hydraulically actuated clutch packs, allowing variable amounts of torque to be sent to each rear wheel independently. Bottom line: once the snow starts to fly, this AWD system will increase stability and propulsion with more precise traction from the rear wheels.
The 2019 Pilot doubles down on performance-enhancing technology with the addition of Intelligent Traction Management, an available push-button system that features four driving modes for snow, mud, sand, and normal road conditions. Now, factor in standard-equipped hill start assist and Vehicle Stability Assist for good measure, and it’s clear that Pilot will keep you in control no matter what the situation.
How could Honda make this SUV any more safe? Every 2019 Pilot comes standard with Honda Sensing, a suite of driver assist technologies and safety features that includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Road Departure Mitigation, and Collision Mitigation Braking. It’s strong and sturdy, it’s safe, it’s spacious, and it’s waiting for your test drive at any West Michigan Honda Dealers location. It’s the 2019 Honda Pilot.