Design

From the symmetry of our Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system to the layout of the SUBARU BOXER® engine, every Subaru vehicle is designed from the ground up to deliver the best driving experience possible.

Benefits of Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive continually keeps the power routed to all four wheels, ensuring outstanding grip in snow, rain, or rough terrain. Thanks to its exceptionally balanced layout, you can count on a solid connection with the road and an engaged, responsive drive.

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Versus the Competition

Not all AWD systems are created equally. See how the benefits of Symmetrical All Wheel Drive become indispensible in real-world conditions.

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Benefits of SUBARU BOXER® Engine

Find out how the SUBARU BOXER® engine offers a host of advantages over competitive designs.

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SUBARU BOXER® Engine Options

There are different SUBARU BOXER® engines for the different styles of Subaru vehicles, tailored to the vehicle and meeting the performance requirements of customers' needs. But every engine is built from the same simple, efficient design.

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Transmission

From high performance to low maintenance, Subaru transmissions offer you excellent efficiency in an all-wheel drive vehicle.

MANUAL TRANSMISSION

Dependable and lightweight manual transmissions give passionate drivers the control to express their personal driving style. The fully synchronized gears of the 5- or 6-speed manual transmissions make every shift smooth and efficient for fluid and exciting acceleration.

Available on:  2015 BRZ2015 Forester2015 Impreza2015 XV Crosstrek2016 WRX

LINEARTRONIC® CVT

It stands for Continuously Variable Transmission, and this innovative technology has been engineered to work seamlessly with the SUBARU BOXER® engine and Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive to help reduce fuel consumption. The stepless gear ratio allows the engine to run within its optimal power range for improved fuel economy, while its lightweight, compact design helps the vehicle stay as agile as possible.

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Available on: 2015 Forester2015 Impreza, 2015 Legacy,  2015 Outback2015 XV Crosstrek2016 WRX

 

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH MANUAL SHIFT MODE

Refine the performance of your automatic transmission with smooth-shifting Manual Shift Mode technology. Working with the 6-speed automatic transmission, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters allow you to take control of the gears when you need greater precision, like climbing hills or passing vehicles, and then settle back into automatic when you don't. Easy. Efficient. Brilliant.

Available on: 2015 BRZ

Steering & Suspension

Subaru suspensions are designed for confident handling, a smooth ride, and dynamic balance to help handle whatever the road throws at you.

4-WHEEL INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION

Every Subaru vehicle features a 4-wheel fully independent suspension system, helping to smooth out those bumpy back roads and give taut responsiveness to handling the rigors of the urban jungle. So you'll always feel in touch with the road while hardly feeling it at all.

DOUBLE WISHBONE DESIGN

The smooth responsiveness of the double wishbone rear suspension helps to tame the harshest of road surfaces. It reacts to bumps without upsetting the composure of the vehicle and is fine-tuned to maintain sharp control, letting you take on the challenges of the road with calmness and confidence.

GROUND CLEARANCE

When it comes to handling whatever the road throws at you, every Subaru starts with the smooth ride that 4-wheel fully independent suspension brings. And when that road tends to be more gravel than pavement, the Forester, Outback, and XV Crosstrek offer raised suspensions for added ground clearance, up to 8.7 inches to be exact. So no matter which trail you choose to travel, you will certainly enjoy a smoother ride.

BODY STRUCTURE

The backbone of every Subaru model is rooted in a rigid, high-strength unibody. Beyond providing industry-leading crashworthiness, this structure also provides a uniquely solid base for the suspension, and helps provide a responsive, quiet, and secure driving experience.

DYNAMIC DRIVING ASSISTS

From available X-MODE® that helps maximize traction in slippery conditions, to Vehicle Dynamics Control and Active Torque Vectoring to help keep you on your intended path, Subaru offers a wide variety of dynamic driving aids that help the vehicle do exactly what the driver is asking of it.