All-Wheel Drive (AWD)AWD w/ Active Torque Control: 2017 Toyota Sienna AWD models
Found in America's sole all-wheel drive, passenger minivan, the 2017 Toyota Sienna AWD. This system powers the front wheels until slippage is detected, then automatically shifts into AWD mode to send torque to the rear wheels. This means you save fuel in everyday FWD driving while having reserve power at the rear wheels when needed, in up to a 50:50 front-to-rear ratio, without having to change your driving at all. View more details on Toyota AWD w/ Active Torque Control (available only on the Sienna AWD)Dynamic Torque Control AWD: 2017 Toyota Highlander (gas only) and 2017 Toyota Rav4 (gas only) models
In addition to automatically moving up to 50% of the powertrain's torque to the rear wheels in low-traction situations, Dynamic Torque Control AWD has a massive added benefit, even in everyday driving conditions. A steering angle sensor detects the need in cornering to optimize front end traction and provide overall stability. So the Dynamic Torque Control AWD system sends up to 10% of the vehicle's torque to the rear wheels, even in non-slip conditions, to improve handling through corners.Visit our Dynamic Torque Control AWD special resource to learn more about the 2017 Highlander and Rav4 gas-only modelsElectronic On-demand AWD with Intelligence (AWD-i): 2017 Toyota Rav4 Hybrid and 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid models
Toyota's Hybrid technology is well-known from the development of the Prius Family through the Camry and Avalon model lines. First built for the Highlander, Toyota's beefed up Hybrid Synergy powerplant combined with an All-Wheel Drive platform results in the most refined SUV drivetrain systems anywhere. Now available in both the 2017 Rav4 Hybrid and the 2017 Highlander Hybrid, AWD-i overcomes Oregon's typical cornering and traction challenges intelligently.
Instead of using the typical center differential-type setup found in other AWD systems, Toyota's All-Wheel Drive with Intelligence adds a powerful electric drive motor just for the rear wheels. Just like Dynamic Torque Control AWD, Toyota's AWD-i senses steering angle or wheel slippage and automatically dials up torque to the rear wheels to stabilize the vehicle and keep the driver in maximum control.
In addition, AWD-i assists during acceleration, providing extra power at the rear wheels to help with quicker starts and, maybe surprisingly, towing. In fact, properly equipped Toyota Rav4 Hybrid AWD-i models have higher towing capacities than their gas-only counterparts!See more information about Electronic On-demand AWD with Intelligence on the 2017 Highlander and Rav4 Hybrid models