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Best Honda Vehicles for Winter Driving

Best Honda Vehicles for Winter Driving


When you think winter weather, the areas of San Antonio, Schertz, or Alamo Heights, Texas, may not immediately come to mind. However, Mother Nature works in unpredictable ways. Remember February of 2021 and those wondrous few days where South Texas was covered in a blanket of white powder? Were you prepared?

Whatever your answer, Northside Honda is here to lend a hand! To ensure you’re ready for those colder months, we’ve compiled the best Honda vehicles for winter driving. To find out which rides made the cut, keep reading the sections below!


Honda Passport TrailSport

Honda TrailSport: Paving a Capable Way Forward

What is TrailSport, exactly? TrailSport is a rugged vehicle trim, designed to enhance off-roading excursions, big jobs, and of course, rough weather. These feats are achieved by all-wheel drive systems, Intelligent Traction Management, unibody construction, and much more.

How can you be sure TrailSport lives up to the task? Well, Honda doesn’t just claim these facts; they’ve tested them. Their TrailSport technologies are tested on 23 different driving courses on both level ground and inclines. Not to mention they test cold starts in -40-degree cold cells.

The best part? TrailSport is available on many of Honda’s most beloved SUVs, like the Pilot. To best help you find the right ride, we’ve included a breakdown of TrailSport features, and the vehicles that offer them. Let’s get started!


Honda Ridgeline

Honda All-Wheel Drive Options Keep You Winter-Ready

All TrailSport vehicles include either Real Time AWD™ or intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®). Here’s how both work:

  • Real Time AWD™ (All-Wheel Drive)
    Real Time AWD™ uses a collection of sensors and inputs to help drivers power through challenging road conditions, like snow or ice. When the system detects hilly terrain or increased acceleration, it’ll divert added torque to the rear wheels to prevent a loss of traction.

Many Honda vehicles offer Real Time AWD™, including the HR-V, CR-V, and Passport.

  • Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4®)
    i-VTM4® includes the same stability enhancing features of Real Time AWD™, along with the addition of torque vectoring. Through a pair of clutch packs, which are engaged separately, variable amounts of torque are sent to each rear wheel independently. Thus, if one wheel loses traction, the other will help compensate. It can also distribute torque to the outside rear wheel when turning.

i-VTM4® is available on the Passport, Pilot, and Ridgeline.


Staying Safe on the Roads with Intelligent Traction Management

Inclement weather comes in all shapes and sizes, from rain and sleet to hail and snow. Thankfully, the folks at Honda have implemented a series of drive modes for various situations.

  • Snow mode. Winter driving can be rather slippery, particularly when accelerating from a stop. To compensate, Snow mode sets your Honda model’s automatic transmission to start in second gear, while also adjusting the throttle for less sensitivity on the pedal.
  • Alternatively, if wet winter conditions turn the back roads muddy, Mud mode is here to save the day, and help you maintain momentum. It does this by delaying upshifts for increased wheel torque. Vehicle Stability Assist™ is also adjusted to allow for more wheel slip.

Intelligent Traction Management is offered on several Honda SUVs, including the Pilot, HR-V, and CR-V, along with the Ridgeline.


Test Drive a Honda & Get Winter-Ready Today

Now that you’re all caught up on the best Honda vehicles for winter driving, why not test drive a few around San Antonio, Schertz, and Alamo Heights, TX?

When you’re ready to face the elements, stop by and see us here at Northside Honda. We can’t wait to help you get behind the wheel of your next vehicle! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.


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