Every all-wheel drive system is not the same. In 1972, we began
developing our all-wheel drive system with a commitment to simplicity,
to working in harmony with the forces of nature, and to making every
moment behind the wheel a rewarding experience. Nearly 40 years worth of
development later, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive stands out from
the crowd with advantages like the stability of its almost total
side-to-side symmetry, the brilliant efficiency of its power delivery,
and its quick response to wheel slippage
build every Subaru model with all-wheel drive from the ground up. Each
one features the longitudinally mounted SUBARU BOXER® engine. Designed
to work in concert with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, it feeds
power into the system in a straight line. Some other AWD systems need
extra components to direct engine power through multiple turns in order
to get it to each of the wheels. The resulting simplicity allows us to
build a balanced, more efficient drivetrain with nearly perfect
side-to-side symmetry. Better balance means stability that helps make
driving safer and agility that makes it more fun.
Quicker Response The
more your wheels are engaged with the road, the more control you have.
Some other AWD systems engage all four wheels only when a loss of
traction is detected. By then, your control has already been
compromised. Subaru Symmetrical AWD keeps power routed to all four
wheels all the time, helping to better prevent slippage before it
happens. And if slippage does occur, its simple and efficient design --
with power flowing in one direction and minimal mechanical components --
allows it to respond more quickly. It immediately reduces engine power
to the slipping wheel and gives it to the wheels that have traction.
some systems lack the simplicity of Subaru Symmetrical AWD, they
therefore not only sacrifice efficiency, but also can incur more wear
and tear. The engine on a Subaru is mounted longitudinally -- in line
with the driveshaft -- so power routes directly from the engine to all
four wheels. The components of some other systems -- like those with
transversely mounted engines -- needed to change the direction where
power flows are not needed on a Subaru. Less components means less
things to break down, and it also means less power loss due to friction.
And with power continually flowing with maximum efficiency, you
experience the advantage of seamless traction whenever you need it.
or however you drive, if you want action, you need traction. Whenever
you take off from a stop, or accelerate out of a corner, getting power
to the pavement and holding the road is essential. If you lose traction
when accelerating, it takes away from the control you have over the
vehicle, and it robs the power you need to move forward. Subaru
Symmetrical AWD maximizes power delivery to each of the four wheels and
offers balance and stability that help the vehicle take advantage of
every bit of traction available. Which in turn allows you to take
advantage of every bit of engine power available.