Subaru AWD vs. the Competition

September 15th, 2017 by

All-wheel drive (AWD) vehicles are rising in popularity every year.

And it’s easy to understand why when you experience a reliable AWD system in action. An AWD vehicle typically features a significant increase in traction control over its two-wheel drive counterparts, which results in better handling and an ultimately safer drive.

Acceleration Test

In a test put on by the United States Auto Club (USAC), the Subaru Impreza squared off against the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Mazda3 to determine which vehicle provided the best traction and stability during acceleration. The Subaru Impreza came out on top, offering the highest level of control and the lowest elapsed time of all the vehicles tested; the test can be seen in the video below.

The same set of cars was then put through a corner acceleration test, which tested the vehicles’ abilities to handle harsh cornering in slick conditions. The Impreza won again, offering better traction and stability while accelerating during sharp corners.

All that being said, there’s another important factor in the AWD equation:

Not all AWD systems are equal in quality.

Off-Road and Snow Test

As can be seen in the video below, some vehicles with AWD don’t offer nearly the same boost in confident traction control as others.

When comparing the Subaru Forester, Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Mazda CX-5, and Honda CR-V, first response instructors found the Forester’s AWD system to be noticeably superior to its competitors.

The instructors found that the Subaru had both better handling and less body roll than all the other crossover vehicles. The instructors were also fond of Subaru’s X-Mode, which enables safe, smooth descents when travelling downhill.

Hill Climb Test

Drivers found that the Forester also bested its AWD competition in an independent hill climb test conducted by USAC. The results can be seen in the following video:

Control and Braking Test

USAC also put on a test that compared how well each vehicle navigated through a specific set of obstacles on dry pavement while braking. Yet again, the Subaru was the clear winner and displayed excellent handling and safety capabilities in critical situations.

For more information on what makes Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD so reliable, take a look at the final video below featuring pro driver Emile Bouret.

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