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Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Living in the Somerset area means you will have a solid six months of winter driving on slick icy roads and through New England snow storms. And when it comes time to search for your next vehicle that can get you home no matter the weather conditions nothing outshines a Subaru with standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Every Subaru model with the exception of the Subaru BRZ is equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive standard as part of Subaru's commitment to safety. But what is Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and what makes the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system on Subaru vehicles better than other all-wheel-drive vehicles?

What Is Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive?

All-wheel-drive at its most basic meaning means that all four wheels of the vehicle are turning. But Subaru's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is laid along the entire length of the vehicle for optimizing both traction and balance. By having the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system laid along the centerline of the vehicle the weight distribution perfectly balances the vehicle for optimal performance and control. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive evenly supplies power to all four wheels and continuously shifts power between the wheels don't have traction to the wheels that do. This means that you will always have control.

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In addition to providing drivers with confidence behind the wheel during snowy weather the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system also provides drivers with a spirited driving experience by avoiding over and understeering. For balance and instantaneous response. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system also works in tandem with other standard active safety features that include Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Vehicle Dynamics Control. Which enhances control and confidence behind the wheel.

Benefits of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

  • Traction & Control:

    Out of the many benefits that Subaru's legendary Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system offer drivers the confidence of traction and control at all times may be number 1. Whether roads are dry or covered in snow the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive has a grip on the road.

  • Durability:

    The second best thing about the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is it is built to withstand the test of time. Thanks to smart design and engineering the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and BOXER engine provide seamless and effortless transform of power. Both the BOXER engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive feature simpler designs and fewer parts than the competition. More parts tend to reduce efficiency and have a higher cost of maintenance.

  • Efficient Power:

    With power going to all four wheel your Subaru accelerates quickly without putting as much strain on the engine. When you stop on the gas weight shifts from the front to the back and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system will send more power to the rear wheels for better traction. While more power may be sent to the rear wheels the front wheels are still receiving power to stay in control and provide a smooth and controlled acceleration.

  • Balance:

    No matter the conditions or road a Subaru vehicle delivers a smooth driving experience. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system help balance the Subaru at all times for increased control regardless of a sharp right or left-hand curve.


Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive VS The Competition

When choosing a vehicle to get you home during the winter months it is important to know how other vehicles will handle. Because you may not be test driving your next vehicle during a snow storm. It is important to understand how front and rear wheel drive vehicles work and how well other all-wheel-drive systems compare to Subaru.

  • Front Wheel Drive:

    Many passenger vehicles on our road today are front wheel drive which means that the engine is supplying power to only the front wheels. The rear wheels only spin when the vehicle is in motion.

  • Rear Wheel Drive:

    Rear wheel drive vehicles are similar to front wheel drive vehicles in that power is only being supplied to the two wheels, just the rear wheels and not the front. In the snow, rear wheel drive vehicles tend to fishtail because there isn't enough weight in the rear for traction.

  • Optional All-wheel-drive System:

    Many vehicles are available in an all-wheel-drive configuration. Most of these available all-wheel-drive systems work by sensing when one wheel slips and then turning on the all-wheel-drive system to correct wheel slip. This isn't as effective as Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive because turning on the all-wheel-drive after the wheels start slipping may not be enough to regain control. Other all-wheel-drive systems also feature additional parts to redirect power to all four wheels.

  • Four Wheel Drive:

    Four-wheel drive vehicles are generally vehicles geared for off-roading and supply power or torque to each of the four wheels regardless. This means that even if the wheel is spinning and has no traction the system will still be supplying the same amount of power. The Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system will shift power away from the wheel that doesn't have traction to the wheels that do. This way you don't get stuck.


Visit Us to Test Out the Symmetrical AWD for Yourself

The best way to learn about Subaru's revolutionary Symmetrical AWD system is to experience it for yourself. Visit us in Somerset today and take any of the six Subaru vehicles with available AWD out for a test drive.


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