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What is Traction
Only when tires are turning, and those palm-sized patches of rubber are gripping the road, can a car's torque make it go where the driver wants. Obviously, Subaru's symmetrical full-time AWD system is superior to front- or rear-wheel drive in transmitting more torque to the road. However, due to our advanced torque distribution system and the fact that the amount of torque transmitted to each wheel is being constantly adjusted in real time, it even outperforms other AWD systems. Better traction, grip and surer turning are yet another tribute to Subaru's superior technologies.

By comparison, two-wheel drive merely does what it says. Whether it's through the front or rear wheels, there are always two tires not getting any torque - so they have no part in governing the way power is used to control the car. On the other hand, Subaru's advanced symmetrical full-time AWD system brings together the best attributes of both systems without any of their compromises and is even better than ordinary four-wheel drive or AWD drivetrains. To fully capitalize on these strengths, the Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system also utilizes sophisticated, rally-derived long-travel suspension to help maintain optimum tire-to-road contact at all times.

Outclassing ordinary four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive drivetrains, the Subaru symmetrical full-time AWD system delivers crisp turning, easy control and maximum stability, all in perfect balance. It's the ideal combination of the virtues of front- and rear-wheel drive in one, without any of their potential drawbacks.

Here, front wheels control power and steering, leaving the rears to simply support the body. Turning is stable, so control is easy, but less athletic. If too much power is applied, the front wheels lose grip and the car understeers sharply.

Conversely, with rear-wheel drive and front-wheel steering, turning is sharper, but somewhat less stable. Apply too much throttle in this case and the car will tend towards oversteering in corners.
Example assumes constant 100 hp engine power.