What Are Acura’s P-AWS and SH-AWD Systems?

September 20th, 2017 by

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

If you’re in the market for a new Acura vehicle, then chances are you’ve come across system offerings like P-AWS and SH-AWD. But what is P-AWS and SH-AWD? You’re not alone in these musings. Allow Acura of Ocean to describe what each of these systems entail so that you can decide whether you want them installed on your new Acura vehicle.


Precision All-Wheel Steer, or P-AWS, is the first all-wheel steer system in which the rear wheels can adjust toe angles independently of each other. What this translates to is assistance maneuvering in tight areas, help for smooth lane changes, and enhanced braking stability. This is all because the angle of the rear wheels will vary slightly depending on the speed at which you’re traveling, in an effort to complement the front wheels. Angles include in-phase for stability when you’re cruising along the highway, counter-steer so that your turn radius goes down, and toe-in when braking so your stopping distance decreases. You’ll find the P-AWS system available on the new Acura RLX and TLX.


Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, or SH-AWD, is a key ingredient for high performance on models like the Acura MDX. This is an innovative all-wheel drive system that enhances your control and handling even more than your average all-wheel drive. Engine power is directed to the different wheels based on weight distribution, traction, and your actions as the driver, so that each turn is much smoother and transitions from different road conditions are more seamless. That’s because SH-AWD is always active, so it works to improve performance on dry roads while also providing the all-weather advantages you expect from traditional all-wheel drive systems.

Find an All-Wheel Drive Acura SUV at Acura of Ocean

When you’re ready to make a move and purchase or lease a new Acura with P-AWS or SH-AWD, let the team at Acura of Ocean help you out. We can answer any question you may have and get you out on the Freehold streets behind the wheel of a brand-new Acura in no time. All you have to do is get in touch to get started.

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