TrailSport Is on the Horizon

Our most rugged models are getting bolder and more capable than ever with all-new TrailSport editions. From covering rough ground with off-road-tuned suspension to turning heads with rugged styling and high-contrast stitching, the fearless TrailSport is engineered for adventure.
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RISE TO THE CHALLENGE

Tough terrain? Easy. Wintry weather? No sweat. See how Honda SUVs and trucks can help you take on bigger adventures.

Passport Sport with available AWD shown* in Obsidian Blue Pearl with Honda Genuine Accessories.

Intelligent All‑Wheel‑Drive Systems

Honda all-wheel-drive systems are designed to effortlessly tackle bad weather, rough terrain and big jobs, giving you extra power in those moments when you need it most. And expanded AWD capabilities are on the way with the upcoming TrailSport editions.

How All‑Wheel Drive Works

All-wheel drive helps you power through challenging conditions by using an array of sensors and other inputs.

Honda offers two different all-wheel-drive systems: Real Time AWD™ and intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®). Both can deliver instantaneous power to the rear wheels to enhance overall stability, and the i-VTM4 system adds torque vectoring for greater side-to-side control.

Front passenger-side view of the 2021 Honda HR-V EX-L in Aegean Blue Metallic driving on lakeside road in the rain

Wet or Icy Roads

HR-V EX-L with available Real Time AWD™ shown in Aegean Blue Metallic.

Driver-side front view of the 2021 Honda Passport Elite in Lunar Silver Metallic, demonstrating all-wheel drive and splashing through water on a rugged mountain road.

Unpaved Roads

Passport Elite with i-VTM4® AWD system shown in Lunar Silver Metallic.

Front passenger-side view of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline driving on dirt road, hauling dirt bikes in truck bed.

Towing & Hauling

Ridgeline RTL-E with i-VTM4® AWD system* shown in Lunar Silver Metallic with Honda Genuine Accessories.

How Torque Vectoring Works

The i-VTM4® system helps enhance stability on muddy, wet and icy roads, and can even improve dry-weather handling. It uses a pair of clutch packs—one for each rear wheel—that can be engaged separately, allowing variable amounts of torque to be sent to each rear wheel independently. If one rear wheel loses traction, the other helps compensate. The system also distributes torque to the outside rear wheel when turning, to help the Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline smoothly carve through corners.

Intelligent Traction Management

When road conditions change, just push the Intelligent Traction Management button to optimize for the terrain. Two-wheel drive trims on the Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline include Snow mode, while all-wheel-drive trims add Mud and Sand modes. Each mode adjusts throttle, shifting, torque distribution and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) for the unique challenges of the selected terrain.

Snow Mode

To help minimize wheel slippage, especially when accelerating from a stop, Snow mode sets the automatic transmission to start in second gear and adjusts the throttle for less pedal sensitivity.

Mud Mode

Maintaining momentum is essential in muddy driving conditions. To help you keep moving, Mud mode delays upshifts for increased wheel torque and adjusts VSA to allow more wheel slip.

Sand Mode

Soft-sand driving calls for more aggressive pedal tuning to minimize throttle delay. Sand mode also delays upshifts for increased wheel torque.

Unibody Construction

The Ridgeline is unique among pickup trucks for its smooth-riding unibody cab and bed, with an integrated frame that’s stronger than conventional body-on-frame designs. Approximately 45% of the body and frame uses special high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel that adds rigidity without undue weight.

Advanced Suspension Systems

With independent multi-link suspensions, Honda SUVs and trucks not only offer nimble handling and smooth rides— they’re also built to stay steadfast in off-road conditions, making easy work of dirt and gravel.

Towing Prowess

With powerful V-6 engines and the available i-VTM4® AWD system, the Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline are all capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds.* That’s enough muscle to pull a 24-foot camper, a trailer with two ATVs or a 22-foot boat.

Engines Built to Last

Under the hood of the Honda Ridgeline, Pilot and Passport, you’ll find the same engine block and heads used to power the 550-horsepower, twin-turbocharged Ridgeline Baja race truck across hundreds of miles of desert. Some might say this is over-engineering; we say it’s engineering at its finest.

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VEHICLE LINEUP

Ridgeline

  • Available i-VTM4® AWD with Intelligent Traction Management
  • Tows up to 5,000 lbs*
  • Innovative Unibody Construction

Pilot

  • Available i-VTM4® AWD with Intelligent Traction Management
  • Tows up to 5,000 lbs*
  • Seats up to 8

Passport

  • Available i-VTM4® AWD with Intelligent Traction Management
  • Tows up to 5,000 lbs*
  • Underfloor Storage System

CR-V

  • Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™
  • Turbocharged Engine Standard
  • Available Hybrid Powertrain

HR-V

  • Available Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™
  • Magic Seat®
  • 28 City/34 Hwy MPG Rating*

Frequently Asked Questions

TrailSport editions add even more capability to select rugged Honda models. In addition to adventure-inspired styling, TrailSport will feature enhanced all-terrain capabilities, off-road-tuned suspension, greater ground clearance, underbody protection and more.

Yes, Honda SUVs and trucks have higher ground clearance than other vehicles, allowing them to travel on unpaved roads. When equipped with all-wheel drive, they are capable of better handling on low-friction surfaces such as mud, sand and ice. However, they are not designed for trail-blazing, rock crawling and other more extreme activities.

Honda all-wheel-drive (AWD) systems use sensors to determine when to send power to the rear wheels. Honda doesn’t offer a four-wheel drive (4WD) system, which is designed to deliver power to all wheels simultaneously. This can have a detrimental effect on fuel efficiency and handling.

The Honda Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline are recommended for any towing over 1,500 pounds. All three are capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds* when equipped with AWD, or 3,500 pounds without AWD.


A torque-vectoring differential uses twin clutches to deliver different amounts of torque to each wheel, based on a variety of driving conditions including steering and throttle.

A limited-slip differential offers a similar ability to shift power from side to side depending on driving conditions, but without the handling benefits of torque vectoring.

A locking differential sends equal power to both wheels, maximizing torque but creating a high level of wear and tear on tires, and also lacking the cornering ability of a torque-vectoring differential.

Torque vectoring delivers power to the outside rear wheel, helping to minimize understeer and giving the driver a more natural feel of carving through corners.

Honda has two AWD systems: the intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) system available on the Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline, and the Real Time AWD™ system available on the CR-V and HR-V. Both can deliver instantaneous power to the rear wheels to enhance overall stability, and the i-VTM4 system adds torque vectoring for greater side-to-side support.

The Passport, Pilot and Ridgeline all come with Intelligent Traction Management. 2WD trims include Snow mode, while AWD trims include Snow, Sand and Mud modes.

Yes, the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, available on all Honda models, uses GPS with offline maps* that are preloaded on the vehicle, so they don’t require a cell-phone signal to load.

Yes, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration* come standard on the 2021 Passport and Accord, and are available on all Honda models, so you can tap into your smartphone’s music, maps and more—wherever adventure takes you.

Yes, all Honda automobiles use the next-generation i-VTEC® engine technology to enhance both performance and efficiency.

Traditionally, intake and exhaust valve-opening characteristics (timing, duration and lift) that work well for low-speed power production are extremely inefficient at high engine speeds, and vice versa. VTEC® solves this by using two different sets of cam lobes to operate the valves, and i-VTEC® improves upon it with a continuously variable cam profile. The cam profile alters the timing, duration and lift of the valves to optimize engine breathing at any engine speed.

All new Honda vehicles are covered by a 3-Year/36,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty, plus a 5-Year/60,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.*

Honda proudly manufactures in the United States,* with 12 plants that produce 5.9 million products annually, including nearly two-thirds of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2019.

 
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