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From the busy work week on unpredictable roads around Hagatna to weekend adventures where you can let loose, an all-wheel drive capable vehicle allows you to safely take on uneven terrain and inclement weather with ease. With the Toyota AWD vehicle lineup, you can find a Toyota that matches your driving style while having the traction control and handling that gets you where you need to go. Follow along with Atkins Kroll Guam, and learn more about Toyota all-wheel drive vehicles and technology.

Toyota All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

When drivers around Dededo are seeking a reliable and exciting vehicle, there are many fan-favorite Toyota sedans, minivans, SUVs, and trucks offering the versatile performance and convenient features that are ready for the challenges of the roads. Those looking for Toyota AWD vehicles can take a look at these Toyota models below:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime
  • Toyota Venza
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Tacoma

Toyota All-Wheel Drive Technologies

Find customized performance thanks to the various Toyota all-wheel drive vehicles and four types of AWD systems. With sedans and smaller SUVs, Dynamic Torque-Control is used, while a more powerful Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with Driveline Disconnect is commonly found on larger SUVs and trucks. The popular Toyota hybrid vehicles feature either the Electronic On-Demand AWD or AWDe system.

These intelligent Toyota AWD systems use sensors and computers to apply the traction needed based on the road conditions around Yigo. Let’s learn more about the Toyota AWD vehicle systems.

Dynamic Torque-Control AWD:

  • This AWD system uses electromagnetic coupling ahead of the rear differential to engage and disengage the AWD system.
  • When the sensors and the computer detect traction loss with slipping or spinning tires, they gently apply the brakes to regain control. 
  • With this system, traction is equalized on all wheels to maintain forward momentum.
  • This system does not adjust the power going to each wheel.
  • Even if the electromagnetic coupler is disengaged, the vehicle’s driveshaft continues to power the AWD system.
  • While it can add additional drag to the vehicle, only 3 or 4 mpg is sacrificed.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota Avalon XLE, Avalon XLE Limited; Toyota Camry LE, Camry SE, Camry XLE, and Camry XSE; Toyota RAV4 LE, RAV4 XLE, and RAV4 XLE Premium.

Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with Driveline Disconnect:

  • This system differs from the previous AWD system as it uses multiple dog-clutch gears to engage the AWD system behind the transmission, ahead of the rear differential, and each rear tire.
  • With dog clutches, the AWD system distributes engine power to each wheel, as opposed to using selective braking found in the Dynamic Torque-Control AWD system.
  • As the system senses a slipping wheel, the dog-clutch to that wheel is disengaged. Then, the system directs the extra power to the other non-slipping wheels to maintain forward momentum.
  • This AWD system pairs well with trucks and larger SUVs, as the dog-clutch design allows for more torque to be distributed to each tire and allows for more power than the previous AWD can provide.
  • The dog-clutch can also disengage the driveshaft completely when AWD is not running, so the driveshaft isn’t continuously turning.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road, RAV4 Adventure, and RAV4 Limited; Toyota Highlander Limited and Highlander Platinum.

Electronic On-Demand AWD

  • The Electronic On-Demand AWD system is found on some Toyota hybrid vehicles.
  • With this system, electric-motor generators power the rear tires, as there are no driveshafts required.
  • There is no mechanical connection between the front and rear wheels.
  • The system senses when extra traction is needed, activates the rear tire motors, and distributes the power as needed. When extra traction isn’t required, the rear wheel motors power off.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid.


  • This AWDe system is designed for smaller hybrid Toyota AWD vehicles, as it is meant to maximize fuel efficiency while minimizing weight and drag. 
  • Similarities between the AWDe system and the Electronic On-Demand AWD system can be found with a few exceptions. 
  • To begin, the rear motors are induction motors only activated at speeds lower than 43 mph to prevent the AWD motors from burning out. 
  • While the hybrid is accelerating up to 6 mph, the AWDe system is engaged.
  • This balance helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption, as the electric motors operate more efficiently than gasoline engines at lower speeds.
  • The system senses if traction is needed above 6 mph and will stay engaged up until 43 mph. Otherwise, the AWDe system will disengage.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota Prius.

Comparing Toyota AWD vs. 4WD

While the intuitive Toyota all-wheel drive systems provide drivers with enough control to take on the challenges of the road, some drivers prefer the additional capability of the Toyota four-wheel drive (4WD) system for their Yigo off-road adventures. Similar to Toyota AWD, 4WD offers a more robust system to handle more rugged conditions and terrain. 

However, as the four-wheel drive systems offer more control, they often move slower than vehicles with all-wheel drive systems. When the vehicle is put in 4WD Low mode, it allows the vehicle to move slowly over hazardous terrain, while the 4WD High mode allows for quicker movement on paved roads, however, not above 30 – 45 mph.

Those who often drive on rural roads or often head out of Tamuning for off-road adventures will find that the Toyota 4WD vehicles are great for their driving experience. Here are some Toyota 4WD vehicles:

  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra

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