Honda has changed the name of its rear-steering technology and now it is called Precision All-Wheel Steer on the new Acura RLX. We first saw the technology on the 1989 Honda Prelude where famous auto journalist LJK Setright expounded that is was the best marvel of engineering. But, because of cost and complexity, it has not been introduced into a lot of rides. Acura notes “ Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) is the world’s first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles to achieve new levels of handling agility, high- and low-speed maneuverability, and confident handling control for a two-wheel-drive luxury sedan.”
My weekend jaunt with hot dry weather did not allow me to explore Precision All-Wheel Steer to its fullest. I am sure Acura likes their vehicles returned with tread left on the tires.
According to Acura “Whether on a serpentine mountain pass, congested city street, or cramped airport parking deck, and in all weather conditions, the RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), is designed to deliver an unprecedented level of handling precision and control.
Working in concert with Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) with Traction Control and Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking system, P-AWS™ provides enhanced vehicle stability, maneuverability, and control. The RLX’s handling performance is further elevated by its new double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension system with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and new high-output, belt-type electronic power steering.” What do I say? The big Acura felt buttoned down.
Did parallel parking seem easier? Well, there isn’t a lot of turning radius available in the rear wheels. But what did work wonders was the excellent dashboard display that easily marked where the car would head when you put the car into reverse. Two simple red lines keep you out of the way of obstacles. Compared to other manufacturers that broadcast so much on the display that you don’t know if you are backing out or about to launch the Hellfire missiles. Good job Acura!