Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Control the road.

You need balance and an even distribution of power for maximum traction, instead of the slip-then-grip alternative. Almost every Subaru comes standard with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for better stability, efficiency and a quicker response to slippery conditions. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is standard on all Subaru Models except BRZ.

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How It All Works Together

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, working with a suite of other Subaru active safety systems like Electronic Brake Distribution and the Anti-Lock Braking system, helps to give you greater control and confidence on the road in almost any weather condition. And here's the proof.
Efficiency and Durability
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive has the engine mounted in-line with the drivetrain, helping provide a seamless transfer of power to all four wheels. Other AWD systems need additional drivetrain components to route the same power to the wheels, often using complex designs. More components tend to reduce vehicle efficiency and could add to higher maintenance costs.

Stability and Control
The balanced design of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive helps add control through uniform stability. With power being distributed to the wheels with the best traction, it helps you hold true to the path. Front-wheel drive vehicles generally understeer or push in a turn, while rear-wheel drive vehicles can often oversteer in a turn.

Power and Traction
Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive sends power to all wheels simultaneously for maximum traction and acceleration. In slippery conditions, that power instinctively flows to the wheels with the best traction.

Balance, Control and Traction When Wet: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Balance, Control and Traction in Snow: Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive