The Stanley Subaru Scoop


At the heart of every Subaru are features and systems that form a core technology--Whether the Subaru is a performance-oriented WRX STi or a versatile Tribeca. In this week's Technical Schmecnical article, Stanley Subaru breaks down these features and systems below. The information comes from Subaru's Drive Performance Magazine. 



Design--a horizontally opposed (also referred to as boxer or flat) layout, which contributes to balanced, smooth operation.

Performance--available turbocharged, 4-cylinder engines; turbos add power and performance.

Efficiency--Subaru models qualify as Certified Low Emission Vehicles;  nonturbocharged Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and Forester models have available Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) certification.*


AWD--a balanced drivetrain powers all four wheels for added traction and exceptional control and handling.

Variable Torque Distribution--electronically manages the distribution of torque between the front and rear axles, optimizing traction, control, and safety.


Advanced Suspension--4-wheel independent suspension systems complement and contribute to Subaru Symmetrical AWD effectiveness by helping to keep the four wheels in contact with the road.

Braking Control--4-wheel disc brakes that provide efficient stopping power feature a 4-channel/4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), which helps to prevent wheel lockup in an emergency so the driver can steer away from trouble. Standard Brake Assist helps apply the maximum possible pressure on the brake discs to minimize stopping distances.

Electronic Brake-force Distribution--helps to maximize braking power by apportioning it from front to rear under heavy braking. 

Read more on Subaru Braking Systems.

Stability Control--Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC) senses impending loss of control and applies individual brakes and/or reduces engine power to help keep the vehicle on its intended path; VDC includes the Subaru Traction Control System.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)--monitors air pressure levels in all four tires and alerts the driver when they may be unsafe. 

Read more on the Subaru Tire Pressure Monitoring System.


Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame--surrounds occupants with high-strength steel, pillar-to-pillar steering column support beams, and dual side-impact door beams, which complement front and rear crumple zones that helps absorb impact energy.

Supplemental Restraint System--includes advanced frontal airbags, side-mounted side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags.**

*2012 Subaru Legacy, Outback, Forester 2.5L, and Impreza 2.0L non-turbo models achieving a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) rating by the California Air Resources Board are available in all 50 states. Only those registered in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachussetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont will be eligible for the 15 years/150,000 miles emission warranty. Learn more about PZEV vehicles.

**The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) affords the driver and front passenger additional protection in moderate to severe frontal and side-impact collisions and outboard 2nd row passengers additional protection in moderate to severe side-impact collisions.  This system proves supplemental protection only, and seatbelts must be worn in order to avoid injuries to out-of-position occupants upon airbag deployment and to provide the best combined protection in a serious accident. Children should always be properly restrained in one of the rear seats. See Owner's Manual for recommended seating position.

Source: Subaru of America's Drive Performance Magazine, Version 9.2, Summer 2012. Visit to see all of Subaru of America's Publications.


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