If you live in Canada or pretty much anywhere with all four seasons, you know how many different kinds of road conditions drivers need to handle throughout the year. From snow to slush to mud, there’s a lot of different kind of conditions that can make driving a little more difficult. Luckily, the 2016 Honda Pilot is equipped with a new high-tech system to make driving in a variety of systems easier than ever. The system is Intelligent Traction Management, which is available on the Pilot LX-AWD trim and above here in Canada.
So, what is the Honda Intelligent Traction Management System? Essentially, it allows the driver to change the traction settings of the vehicle to best suit the road conditions. The system has four modes including normal, snow, mud, and sand. If the conditions of the road change, the driver can change the mode from the default normal setting to one of the other three modes. Below we’ll go over how Intelligent Traction Management works.
How Does Intelligent Traction Management Work?
The Intelligent Traction Management system works with the Drive By Wire (DBW) system, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, transmission shift map, and all-wheel drive system. Through working with these different systems, Intelligent Traction Management is able to distribute power as necessary to some or all four wheels for the selected mode, providing the necessary traction for the road conditions. To change from one mode to another it is very easy, only requiring the push of a button.
If the conditions of the road change, you can change the mode for the Intelligent Traction Management system by pressing the button just behind the shifter. One push will bring up the menu on the MID screen located on the driver information center behind the steering wheel. Press the button again and you can move through the available modes on the menu. Just press the button until you get to your desired mode. After 3-seconds the system will adjust traction based on the selected mode.
The Intelligent Traction Management system is a great addition for the new Honda Pilot, and it will prove to be incredibly helpful for driving in all sorts of conditions from snowy weather to less traveled roads. If you’re interested in learning more about this system and how it works, feel free to contact our staff here at Wheaton Honda.