In the city or way out beyond, the driving environment can change suddenly or unexpectedly. That is why the Subaru brand represents three distinct promises, interwoven into one. Firstly, radical new thinking creates high technology advances. Then, a passionate feel for engineering translates them into usable reality. In turn, whenever you drive a Subaru, you appreciate the appeal of multi-purpose practicality. These elements sum up Subaru's vision for a world of different demands. They are epitomised in every model: Impreza, Forester, Legacy, Outback and Tribeca, all unique but all sharing the same wealth of WRC bred experience.
Subaru has been the champion of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for over 35 years. Such a long standing commitment has given us the advantage in improving the technology still further – and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system is one of our engineer’s crowning achievements. The Horizontally – Opposed Boxer engine allows for a lower centre of gravity, while the symmetrical drivetrain allows for a well-balanced vehicle. The All-Wheel Drive system then distributes power to all four wheels. For you the driver, it means outstanding balance, and more predictable vehicle control in a wide range of driving conditions. The feeling is one of safety, confidence and fun.
Compact and lightweight Horizontally-Opposed Engines are intrinsically smoother and more efficient than In-line or V-shaped engines. That is why Subaru has carefully thought through the idea from day one. Superb rotational balance means less vibration, because the pistons mutually counteract the lateral vibration. Obviously, the flatter design also means the engine can sit much lower within the chassis, which gives a lower centre of gravity and total compatibility with the symmetrical All-Wheel Drive layout and suspension systems. This is in keeping with Subaru's constant goal to achieve the best performance, safety and control to benefit you, the driver.
Learn more about Subaru's long-standing commitment to the safety and performance benefits of All-Wheel Drive. It is the exceptional vehicle control provided by the symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive that is behind Subaru's unique Active Safety. A driver's first prize is to be able to avoid an accident with safety that is designed into Subaru's vehicles, not added on - really a question of taking control of one's own life.
The symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) characteristic, unique to Subaru vehicles, maximises road traction, thus improving control. The transfer of power from the wheels that slip to the wheels that grip provides fundamental driving superiority, particularly in active safety, when compared to two-wheel or 4x4 vehicles.
Thanks to our symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive system and the knowledge we have gained through years of success in World Rally Championship events, Subaru stands as one of the world's foremost automotive authorities on all-wheel drive. In fact, Subaru is the only automotive manufacturer in the world to include the safety and performance of all-wheel drive in each and every vehicle we build. Not surprisingly, you can expect All-Wheel Drive to be an integral part of our future as Subaru continues to engineer vehicles that deliver safety, performance and efficiency of the highest possible standards.