Subaru Symmetrical AWD

Driving along Long Island could be somewhat challenging at times, especially when you are faced with horrible driving conditions due to bad weather. These days, many car buyers have been leaning towards Off-road vehicles. When it comes to off-roading, the terms AWD and 4WD are usually tossed around. AWD and 4WD are similar systems that power both front and back wheels when needed.  But what most people don’t know is that these two systems work differently, and each has its advantages and disadvantages. Now that we know what makes the two similar, let's see what sets them apart and why a Subaru AWD vehicle should be the next car you buy.

Four Wheel Drive (4WD)

4 Wheel Drive is normally found on SUVs and other truck-based vehicles. These vehicles usually sport large wheels and off-road tires. A 4WD system sends torque to all four wheels and is activated when an increase in traction is needed. This is a driver activated system that comes in low and high settings. The low settings provide maximum traction on off-road terrain and high settings are best used for slippery conditions such as packed snow, ice, gravel or sand. When activated, 4WD provides great traction and control but should never be used on normal roads. 4WD axels are not designed to rotate on the same speeds making it dangerous to drive on normal surfaces.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, on the other hand, is a system that works great on both on-road and off-road surfaces. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles are powered by advanced systems and sensors that can determine the best use of drivetrain for you. This self-adapting system makes it easier for drivers giving them optimum torque and traction as well as better handling. So, what makes Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive unique? Power is sent to all wheels simultaneously when maximum traction and acceleration is needed. In slippery conditions, that power is actively distributed to the wheels with the best traction.

Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive works very well in low-traction conditions. Front-wheel drive vehicles could tend to understeer while rear-wheel vehicles could oversteer. A Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicle maintains its grip on the road by actively sending power to the wheels with the best traction. Compared to other AWD vehicles that need other drive train components, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive engines are mounted in-line with the drive train. The use of fewer components reduces maintenance costs and has overall better efficiency.

Why choose Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive?

Subaru has best-selling all-wheel drive cars in America for the past 25 years. Its AWD system works hand in hand with Subaru’s active safety systems such as Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Vehicle Dynamics Control. Giving you greater control and confidence to drive safe in almost any weather condition. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive comes standard in all Subaru models except the Subaru BRZ. At your Long Island Subaru Dealership, South Shore Subaru, we offer a wide range of AWD Subaru models. Check out our special deals on the 2019 Subaru Forester, Crosstrek and Outback.


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