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Subaru's Symmetrical AWD System: Control for every Situation

Last updated 5 years ago

Whether you are looking for top-notch performance or just some added safety on winding roads, solid traction is what you need. No other drive system offers better control of the road than AWD, and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is the best system you will find. Take a look at the following overview to find out how the Symmetrical AWD system from Subaru can add to your driving experience.

Many vehicles use rear-wheel drive, and some use front-wheel drive. These systems are fairly efficient and deliver plenty of power in ideal situations, but they don’t offer the best level of control. First of all, a vehicle with a rear-wheel drive system will often cause a car to oversteer through turns, meaning the back-end will slide out and drive the vehicle into a sharper turn. A car with front-wheel drive will do just the opposite, oversteering and plowing straight forward instead of taking the turn as it should. Neither of these systems offers the very best traction, either. Each delivers power to only two wheels, meaning that the slightest loss of traction to one of those wheels has a significant impact on the entire vehicle.

The solution to these problems is all-wheel drive systems, but not all AWD systems are equally capable. Many manufacturers convert RWD and FWD vehicles into AWD vehicles by adding components to transfer power to all four wheels. Unfortunately, these components come with a slew of unfortunate side effects. They disrupt the balance of the vehicle, reduce the efficiency of the drive train, and often compromise overall reliability. Fortunately, Subaru’s system corrects for all of this.

By designing a symmetrical engine and drive system that was meant specifically for AWD, Subaru engineers created a system of balance, control, efficiency, and reliability. The balance and control come from the nearly equal side-to-side weight distribution of a vehicle with Symmetrical AWD, while the reliability and efficiency come from the simplicity of the system. Symmetrical AWD has no excess components to add unwanted friction and less friction means less wear, as well as less energy loss.

If you want to experience the control that comes with a brilliantly designed Subaru AWD system, come to Brown’s Manassas Subaru and take a test drive today. Contact us online or at (703) 361-5866 to learn more about our inventory and financing.


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