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Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

How It All Works Together
Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD), works in conjunction with a suite of other Subaru active safety systems like Anti-Lock Braking system and Electronic Brake Distribution, which helps give you greater control and confidence on the road in almost any weather condition; ice, rain, or snow.

SUBARU SYMMETRICAL ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Control the road.

You need balance and an even distribution of power for maximum traction, instead of the slip-then-grip alternative. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive provides for better stability, efficiency and a quicker response to slippery conditions. Every Subaru comes with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (except the BRZ) including the Outback, Forester, Impreza, XV Crosstrek, Tribeca, Legacy and WRX.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard on:
All Subaru Models except BRZ


In slippery conditions, power is actively distributed to the wheels with the best traction.

Efficiency and Durability
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive has the engine mounted in-line with the drivetrain, helping provide a seamless transfer of power to all four wheels. Other AWD systems need additional drivetrain components to route the same power to the wheels, often using complex designs. More components tend to reduce vehicle efficiency and could add to higher maintenance costs.

Stability and Control
The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive helps add control through uniform stability. With power being distributed to the wheels with the best traction, it helps you hold true to the path. Front-wheel drive vehicles generally understeer or push in a turn, while rear-wheel drive vehicles can often oversteer in a turn.
 
 
Subarus are designed and engineered from the start to be all wheel drive. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Subaru's drive train components are
symmetrical on both sides. This symmetry is incredibly efficient and
powerful. It sends power simultaneously to all wheels for maximum traction and acceleration. Subaru's AWD system is PROACTIVE rather than reactive.
 Subaru's competitors' AWD vehicles are often simply re-engineered front wheel drive systems. With a typical transverse engine, AWD is engaged AFTER the vehicle detects loss of traction. They have an unbalanced drive train. The front axle on the transmission side is shorter. Can you imagine an airplane with one wing shorter than the other? Every turn in this vehicle loses power. 
Other auto makers will often say, "We have AWD just like Subaru!" For Nissan it's called Intuitive AWD. Honda is Real Time 4WD. Ford offers Intelligent 4WD and Toyota calls theirs On-Demand 4WD. Don't be fooled by Subaru's competitors. ONLY SUBARU OFFERS SYMMETRICAL ALL-WHEEL DRIVE!

It's clear that not all All Wheel Drive/4WD systems are the same. We've demonstrated how Subaru's Symmetrical All Wheel Drive provides better traction, control and stability. Subaru's linear flow of power has an added benefit - better fuel economy!

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