For years, Subaru has offered standard Symmetrical AWD on nearly every one of their new models. But just what makes Subaru Symmetrical AWD such a popular option for those who want exceptional control on Vail and Glenwood Springs roads? The team at Glenwood Springs Subaru is here to help you learn everything you need to know about Subaru Symmetrical AWD below, and don't hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

Horizontally-Opposed, Symmetrically Balanced

The heart of Symmetrical AWD is the horizontally-opposed engine. A horizontally-opposed engine has two banks of cylinders are laid flat, giving Subaru models a low center of gravity for superior handling. This engine is then paired with a centrally-located transmission, as well as four equal-length driveshafts. It's this superbly-balanced layout combination that earned this all-wheel drive system its name!

Types of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Over the years, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive has been finely honed and tweaked, evolving with time and technology. There are multiple iterations of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, two of which are the most popular on the roads near New Castle, which include:

Active torque split AWD

Specifically engineered to work with the 4-speed automatic (E-4AT) and the Lineartronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) to offer everyday capability that doesn't sacrifice efficiency. This Subaru all-wheel drive system supplies power 60:40 front to rear during normal road conditions. However, when sensors detect a change in traction, power is redistributed to the wheels with the most grip to ensure control.

Variable Torque Distribution AWD

Developed for use with the 5-speed automatic transmission (E-5AT), this system offers sportier characteristics for an especially balanced feel. Power distribution favors the rear, offering a 45:55 power split to the front and rear wheels. Front-engined AWD models are front-heavy, and are predisposed to understeer. By sending more power to the rear wheels, you can reduce understeer and enhance the balance that Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is known for. But of course, this system can also switch to 50:50 power distribution when necessary.

Find Your Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive Model Today!

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a Subaru model equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive? Our team at Glenwood Springs Subaru will be more than happy to help you learn how this system works, and then show you how it feels on the streets of Glenwood Springs. Schedule a test drive today to see how a new Subaru can transform your daily commutes through Avon and New Castle.