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What models of Hyundais are all-wheel drive?

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Hyundai offers several SUVs with optional all-wheel drive for the 2015 model year, including the Santa Fe, Tucson and Veracruz. All-wheel drive is also an option on V6-powered trims of the Genesis sedan.

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Most of Hyundai's all-wheel drive vehicles are from its SUV line and feature an intelligent all-wheel drive system that operates as a front-wheel drive system during normal driving. Power is only sent to the rear wheels if the front wheels begin to lose traction. However, Hyundai's system also offers a four-wheel drive button that can force the system to direct half the engine's torque to the front and rear axles during low-speed driving, making the vehicle respond as a traditional four-wheel drive vehicle.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan offers all-wheel drive as an option using system known as HTRAC that differs from that used on its SUV models. This system is not available on 2015 Genesis vehicles powered by the optional V8 engine, nor is it offered on the Hyundai Genesis Coupe despite the coupe and sedan sharing the same platform. HTRAC allows the driver to set the torque split of the system according to several modes to optimize the car for both current conditions and the desired driving experience. For example, the HTRAC system directs 90 percent of torque to the rear wheels in Sport mode to reproduce the handling feel of a rear-wheel drive car, while the system directs torque to the wheel with the most traction in real time when set in Normal mode.

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