Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive: The Subaru Advantage

Why Subaru Symmetrical All-wheel Drive Vehicles Are the Smart Choice for Indiana Drivers

If you're looking for a new or used vehicle for life in Bloomington, the right choice is a new Subaru from Royal Subaru. Subaru's offer much more than meets the eye thanks to the advanced symmetrical all-wheel drive included on almost the entire line-up of vehicles. All Subaru vehicles, except the sport-oriented BRZ that features rear-wheel drive, feature a specific variation of the Subaru symmetrical all-wheel drive system.

All-wheel drive is not just for inclement weather. It can help keep you safe, no matter what roads you take, driving style, vehicle style and weather conditions. While there are four different awd systems that Subaru provides depending on which model you choose, they all function essentially the same. The WRX and STI models have a rear-wheel bias, to help with a sportier feel and handle hard accelerations better. The Impreza, Crosstrek, Forester and Legacy come with a front-wheel bias if you have an automatic transmission, or a 50/50 split if you choose a model with manual transmission. These balances of power are continually adjusted based on power, traction and speeds, to give you the best handling possible.

Why All-Wheel Drive is Better

Many people assume that you only need all-wheel drive if you live in an area that gets heavy snowfall, wet and rainy conditions, or rough roads. All-wheel drive can keep you safe even on dry, even roads. By providing power to each of the four wheels, maximum traction is maintained to provide you grip and road-hugging performance.

Enjoy even more benefits such as:

  • Even tire wear for longer lasting tires
  • More control while accelerating
  • Quicker acceleration - more torque is moved to the rear
  • During braking, more torque is provided to the front wheels for better braking power


How Is the Subaru Symmetrical All-wheel Drive System Different?

The name "symmetrical" comes from the fact that each side of the system weighs the same, offering superior balance and control no matter the road conditions. Subaru's all-wheel drive system is so advanced it can detect a loss of traction, or slip, of a wheel in less than one revolution of the tire. Pulling power away from that wheel and delivering it to the others faster than you even notice a slipping wheel.

Benefits Over FWD, RWD, and 4WD

Front-wheel drive cars are usually great for fuel efficiency, but thanks to the advanced all-wheel drive system from Subaru, you get comparable gas mileage ratings. Front-wheel drive vehicles also tend to suffer from "torgue steer." An unfortunate side effect of the front tires attempting to grab for traction, giving you a side-to-side tug in the steering wheel.

Rear-wheel drive vehicles suffer from a different "fishtail" feel when the rear tires lose grip. The rear end can whip back and forth as it tries to grab for traction. This also makes cornering sharply more difficult when you don't have power to the front wheels to help guide you into the turn.

Four-wheel drive, though it may seem comparable to all-wheel drive, is really no better than front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. The 4wd system sends power to each of the four wheels equally, no matter which ones have traction and which ones don't. The symmetrical all-wheel drive system on Subaru vehicles continuously monitors which wheels have traction to send power to the ones that have it, keeping you safe on the road.

Safety and performance are number one when it comes to Subaru vehicles. We know that keeping you and your loved one's safe year-round is your most important consideration when it comes to choosing a vehicle. Test drive a new Subaru vehicle today to see why AWD is the smart choice for Bloomington Indiana drivers. We can also help you find the perfect financing or lease option to meet your budget needs, while still getting you the vehicle your lifestyle demands.


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