The Active Damper System can adjust suspension stiffness changes in a split second, to both smooth the ride and sharpen handling according to driving conditions. This allows the MDX Sport Hybrid to remain soft and comfortable during highway cruising, yet firm when the road requires high-performance handling.
- Using sensor data, each damper incorporates a continuously adjustable valve which raises or lowers damper fluid pressure and thus the speed at which the fluid can flow from one end of the damper tube to the other. This varying flow rate allows quick and precisely measured stiffening or softening of the damper motion.
- The dampers can adjust from soft to race car-stiff in a matter of milliseconds.
- Turning the IDS to Sport+ will bias the system toward more stiffness, though it still varies by road and driving condition.
- The Active Damper System is always on whenever the ignition is engaged.