No, Honda's Real Time 4WD system engages automatically.
When the CR-V was redesigned for 2012, Honda changed to an electronic (instead of mechanical) all-wheel-drive system that reacts faster when the front tires begin to lose traction, so power goes to the rear wheels sooner. In addition, some power transfers to the rear wheels for better grip in fast takeoffs, even on smooth, dry pavement.
Under extreme traction conditions, the system can send up to 100 percent of power to either the front or rear wheels. Once traction stabilizes and the vehicle is cruising, it changes to a front- drive mode to save fuel.
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