Winter driving in Northwest Indiana? Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System designed for precision, safety

Winter driving in Northwest Indiana? Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive System designed for precision, safety
By: Kole Rushmore Last Updated: December 6, 2019

Northwest Indiana is notoriously known for having brutal winters and unfavorable driving conditions. But those with Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system just might consider those conditions an adventure. 

There’s a reason Subarus are known for off-road capabilities. For decades, Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system has given drivers peace of mind, even in America’s toughest conditions.

One of the many things that sets Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system apart from other AWD systems is how it responds to the loss of traction. The Symmetrical AWD system is proactive versus reactive, thanks to the legendary Subaru Boxer engine at the heart of the vehicle. The engine’s horizontal design helps evenly distribute the weight of the engine, optimizing both traction and balance. The system relies on the centerline of the vehicle, balancing weight distribution between both sides of the vehicle to help provide top-tier performance and control. 

For instance, the second a wheel hits a slick part of the road, the AWD system reacts instantly to avoid wheel slippage by shifting the wheel power to the wheels that are gripping the road, providing maximum traction and control. 

Other AWD systems require a loss of traction for the system to engage the other wheels, and any loss of traction can comprise control. Non-Symmetrical AWD systems also require additional drivetrain components to feed power to the rear wheels, and adding more components to any design can reduce a vehicle’s efficiency. Those AWD systems only become true AWD when a loss of traction is detected, but Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive efficiently provides power to all the wheels, all the time.

The constant power to all four wheels at the same time helps to maintain a firm grip on the road, especially in low-traction conditions such as ice or snow. 

In an independent test done by the United States Auto Club (USAC), the top five small SUV crossover vehicles were put to the ultimate test to see how each performed under the most extreme conditions. Once they gathered the vehicles, they created a compromised track hill climb test that included a 35-point degree ramp. Then, they wet the ramp to test the ability of each vehicle to climb a hill under extreme low-traction conditions. 

One-by-one, each vehicle gave it their all, but only the Subaru Forester was successful. 

Standard in the Impreza, Forester, Crosstrek, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX SDI, the Symmetrical AWD system gives drivers the feeling of safety, precision, and confidence that other car manufacturers can’t match. 

The Symmetrical AWD system isn’t just for wet or icy roads. With the consistent application of power to all four wheels, even in dry road conditions, the Symmetrical AWD system allows the car to avoid the common problems of oversteering and understeering. 

With Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and the company’s state-of-the-art engine and safety features, Subaru’s lineup delivers the best driving experience possible from the ground up. 

International Subaru of Merrillville has the full line of vehicles equipped with the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Be sure to stop by or call 219-756-7900 to schedule a test drive.