Toyota All-Wheel Drive Vehicles

Toyota RAV4's parked near a cliff


When you’re looking for a reliable model that offers enhanced capability on the Freehold roads during inclement weather or on the trails outside of Toms River, Toyota has a vehicle with the performance and power you need! Learn about the different Toyota all-wheel drive models and the types of all-wheel drive systems available across the line with this guide from Galaxy Toyota.


Toyota All-Wheel Drive Models

Finding a Toyota all-wheel drive vehicle is easy when you shop with Galaxy Toyota! Thanks to innovative Toyota technology, more and more Toyota models offer an AWD drivetrain. Chances are your favorite Toyota sedan, minivan, truck, or SUV offers AWD for your Long Branch commute. See the Toyota AWD models available below:

  • Toyota Crown
  • Toyota Prius
  • Toyota GR Corolla
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Toyota bZ4X
  • Toyota Corolla Cross
  • Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime
  • Toyota Venza
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Toyota Grand Highlander
  • Toyota Grand Highlander Hybrid

Toyota All-Wheel Drive Technologies

While many Toyota models offer AWD capabilities, they don’t necessarily share the same Toyota all-wheel drive system. Four types of AWD systems are used on Toyota AWD models. Dynamic Torque-Control is used on sedans and smaller SUVs, while the stronger Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with Driveline Disconnect is more common on larger SUVs and trucks. Electronic On-Demand AWD and AWDe are used on Toyota hybrid vehicles.

Every Toyota AWD system uses a variety of sensors and computers to sense road conditions and apply extra traction to certain tires. How each system applies that traction is what sets them apart from one another. Read about each Toyota AWD system below:

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 that a tire is slipping (or spinning), it gently applies the brakes to the slipping tire.
  • This equalizes the traction on all wheels and helps preserve the forward momentum of the vehicle.
  • This system does not adjust the power going to each wheel.
  • The driveshaft that powers the AWD is always turning on this system – even if the electromagnetic coupler is disengaged.
  • This can add some additional drag to the vehicle, but it only sacrifices 3 or 4 MPG.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota Camry, the Toyota RAV4, the Toyota Highlander

Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD with Driveline Disconnect

  • This AWD system uses multiple dog-clutch gears to engage the AWD system behind the transmission, ahead of the rear differential, and each rear tire.
  • The dog clutches allow the AWD system to distribute engine power to each wheel, as opposed to using selective braking like the Dynamic Torque-Control AWD system.
  • The system works by sensing a slipping wheel and disengaging the dog-clutch to that wheel. It then applies the extra power to the other non-slipping wheels to preserve forward momentum.
  • The unique design of the dog-clutch allows more torque to be distributed to each tire, which allows for more power than the Dynamic Torque Vectoring AWD system can provide.
  • The dog clutches also allow the driveshaft to disengage completely when AWD is not running, meaning that the driveshaft won’t continuously turn.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota RAV4, the Toyota Highlander

Electronic On-Demand AWD

  • The Electronic On-Demand AWD system is found on some Toyota Hybrid vehicles.
  • This system does away with driveshafts completely, replacing them with electric motor generators for the rear tires.
  • There is no mechanical connection between the front and rear wheels.
  • When additional traction isn’t required, the rear wheel motors are turned off.
  • When the system senses additional traction is needed, the rear tire motors are switched on and distribute power as needed to each tire.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota Corolla, the Toyota Corolla Cross, the Toyota bZ4X, the Toyota Venza


  • AWD-e is set up to maximize fuel efficiency and minimize weight and drag and is therefore found on smaller hybrid Toyota AWD cars.
  • The AWD-e system works the same as the Electronic On-Demand AWD system with some exceptions.
  • To begin, the rear motors are induction motors and only are available at speeds below 43 mph. This protects the AWD motors from burning out.
  • The AWD-e system is also engaged up to 6mph while the vehicle is accelerating.
  • This is because electric motors operate more efficiently than gasoline engines at low speeds. This helps reduce emissions and fuel consumption.
  • If the system senses that traction is needed above 6 mph, it will stay engaged up until 43 mph. Otherwise, the AWD system will disengage if no traction is needed.
  • This system can be found on: The Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota AWD vs. 4WD

When you shop the selection of Toyota AWD models, you may notice that some vehicles you read about offer four-wheel drive (4WD) capability instead. While most Tinton Falls drivers will find Toyota AWD works just fine for their daily commute or errands, some drivers may find the added abilities of Toyota 4WD vehicles better fit their needs.

Toyota 4WD vehicles operate similarly to Toyota AWD models. However, the 4WD system is more robust, offering better control in tougher conditions and they’re able to navigate difficult off-road terrain. While four-wheel drive systems offer better capability, they will move a lot slower than Toyota all-wheel drive systems. Putting your Toyota in 4WD Low means you’re moving very slowly over hazardous terrain. Putting your Toyota in 4WD High allows you to move quicker down paved roads, but not above 30 – 45 mph.

Drivers who live in rural areas where streets are not plowed as often or drivers who frequently off-road may find that a Toyota 4WD vehicle better suits their needs. Explore the Toyota 4WD vehicles below:

  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Toyota Tundra i-FORCE MAX

Test Drive Toyota AWD & 4WD Models at Galaxy Toyota

Whether you decide on a Toyota all-wheel drive vehicle or a Toyota 4WD model, you can find great deals and a great price at Galaxy Toyota! Visit our Eatontown showroom today to take a test drive in your favorite Toyota model, then browse our new vehicle specials to save on your purchase. Apply for financing today and soon you’ll be driving home in a new Toyota model!


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