Why All Wheel Drive?


Why Subaru?

Subaru has some of the most fuel-efficient AWD vehicles in America. How fuel efficient? The new 2016 Impreza  and the 2016 Legacy deliver 37 MPG and 36 MPG on the highway, respectively!*

But did you know? Subaru Symmetrical AWD is perfect for Florida's wet and rainy roads.

Most people think AWD is just for the snow, but the vast majority (75%) of weather-related crashes happen on wet pavement either during or right after a rain storm.**  Making Subaru the perfect car for Florida!

Why Subaru Symmetrical AWD?

Precipitation creates slippery conditions that require an even distribution of power for maximum traction, instead of the slip-then-grip alternative. Subaru incorporates several core technologies for the most effective response to these conditions.  Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive improves stability and provides a quicker response to wet roads. This is coupled with the Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) system, which automatically senses steering and braking inputs to help keep the vehicle on the driver's intended path.

In stopping situations, the Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS) pulses braking power to help prevent wheel lockup. Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) optimizes the distribution of braking force between the front and rear wheels according to how the vehicle is loaded with passengers and cargo. The Brake Assist system helps ensure maximum pressure is applied to the brakes as quickly as possible in an emergency situation.

The combination of these systems help provide a safe and controlled driving experience, even in slippery conditions.
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, VDC, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist are standard on all Outback, Legacy, Forester, Impreza and Tribeca models.



Power and Traction


Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive sends power to all wheels simultaneously for maximum traction and acceleration.

In wet and slippery conditions, that power instinctively flows to the wheels with the best traction.

















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.



* EPA-estimated fuel economy. Actual mileage may vary

**(Source: Fourteen-year averages from 1995 to 2008 analyzed by Noblis, based on NHTSA data).


Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive



Watch Control and Braking video (2:17)




Watch Distribution of Power video (3:00)






Watch Power and Traction (0:31)






Watch Stability and Control video (0:43)