Sun. Jul 14th, 2024

Here’s How All Of Subaru’s Different AWD Systems Actually Work

Over the years, Subaru’s cars have been made famous in the northern parts of the U.S. thanks to their fantastic all-weather abilities. The company’s all-wheel-drive is standard on every new car (except the BRZ), but it turns out not all of those systems are made equal. Here’s an explainer video breaking them all down.


Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained put together an extremely detailed video showing us the differences between all four of Subaru’s different all-wheel-drive systems offered on its current lineup.

Fenske starts at the more basic setup, where the system uses smart brake vectoring to stop wheelspin, all the way to the top-spec WRX STI configuration, where limited-slip differentials front, center, and rear apply torque to the ground accordingly, no matter the road conditions.

The video might be a bit technical, but for those curious about all the different systems and features Subaru uses to make sure its car’s owners can get from one place to another, this is the clip to watch.