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How Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Works

On this page, you will learn:

  • What Subaru's Symmetrical All Wheel Drive is and how it works.
  • How the competitor's AWD/4WD systems compare to Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel drive.
  • Why Subaru's Symmetrical All Wheel drive provides better traction, stability and control while delivering maximum fuel economy.
NOTE: All Subaru vehicles sold in the US have symmetrical all wheel drive with the exception of the BRZ, a low center of gravity performance vehicle specifically designed without it. All references to the Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive on this page do not include the BRZ.
SYMMETRICAL ALL WHEEL DRIVE AND BOXER ENGINE - THE PERFECT MATCH


Manchester Subaru

764 Second St
Manchester, NH 03102

  • Sales: (866) 992-7097
  • Service: (866) 992-7097
  • Parts: (866) 992-7097
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Subaru Symmetrical All Wheel Drive System vs. Competitors


The shortest distance between two points is a straight line!

       
SUBARU

 

spaceALL OTHERS

Subarus are designed and engineered from the start to be all wheel drive. Notice how the components are aligned in a straight line from the boxer engine --> transmission --> drive train and that both sides are symmetrical. This symmetry is incredibly efficient and provides power to all four wheels all the time for maximum traction, balance and control. Other examples of symmetry include butterflies and airplanes.


 Competitor vehicles are primarily front wheel drive (FWD) biased that have been re-engineered with an AWD/4WD accessory package. With a typical transverse engine, output is rerouted multiple times to get power to the rear wheels. Its AWD often engages AFTER loss of traction is detected. Notice how the drive train is unbalanced, with the axle on the transmission side (L) shorter than the other. Can you imagine an airplane with one wing shorter than the other?


 
Don't let the competitors confuse you. They 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.  ONLY Subaru offers symmetrical all wheel drive. If you watch the videos above you will see how elegant and simple the Subaru system is. Subaru has been building AWD vehicles for OVER 40 YEARS. To them, it's a commitment, not an accessory. Which would YOU rather have?

The videos below are two great examples of symmetrical all wheel drive in action compared to the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, and Nissan Rogue.

HOW THEY COMPARE


 
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! The data from FuelEconomy.gov in the table below illustrates this. Note that all vehicles are automatics in the same "class". If you click on the link, you will be directed to more detailed results.
City
Highway
Combined
2015 Subaru Forester
2.5L 4 cyl w/CVT

24
32
27
2014 Honda CR-V
2.4L 4 cyl Automatic 5-spd

22
30
25
2015 Toyota RAV4
2.5L 4 cyl Automatic 6-spd

22
29
25
2015 Ford Escape
2.0L Automatic 6-spd Turbo
21
28
23

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