Why Does Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Set the Standard for AWD Systems?

Our automaker is well-known for many things. A standout among them is its AWD system, billed Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. It's standard in all vehicles throughout the new Subaru lineup save for the Subaru BRZ coupe, our celebrated rear-wheel-drive sports car. But of course, the drivetrain's not just another face in the competitive crowd of new cars and SUVs you can find here in Bradenton, FL. After all, with a creed like our "Confidence in Motion," it ought to be more. So what sets ours apart from other makes and models with their own all-wheel-drive variants?

For one, a Subaru AWD system is permanent and always on. So, whether you're battling terrain behind the wheel of an all-new Crosstrek subcompact, Forester SUV, or Outback wagon, toughing out the Florida coastal weather in the latest Legacy sedan or Impreza hatchback, or pleasure-cruising the Bradenton strip in a new WRX sports sedan, you can expect to maintain a firm grip, both on the road and off the beaten path.

Secondly, the drivetrain incorporates the power and capabilities of the renowned SUBARU BOXER engine, which is mounted in-line, or “flat," ensuring even power distribution to all wheels simultaneously, giving extra preference to those with grip. The result? Balance and stability optimized well in advance of wheel slip, delivering enhanced traction and a quicker response, in contrast to other electronic AWD systems, characterized as "slip-then-grip." That means better understeer compensation than front-wheel-drive vehicles and more reliable oversteer management than those with rear-wheel drive, especially when turning.

How could confident handling get any better, whether over obstacle-ridden landscapes, through heavy rain, or across shallow water? Surely, with active safety systems in the mix like Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Vehicle Dynamics Control. Subaru builds these in, too, standard. The real benefit for the long haul, though, is in the Symmetrical AWD design. It's simpler than other manufacturers' constructions, with fewer moving parts, and that translates to less, and sometimes less expensive, maintenance.

Eager to experience the Subaru difference? You're welcome to visit us here at 816 Cortez Road West for a test drive we're sure you'll find distinctively enjoyable. We're right down the greater Tampa area road from both Sarasota and St. Petersburg!

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