Is all wheel drive standard on every Subaru?
since 1997. Subaru is the only full-line manufacturer that produces all
its vehicles with all wheel drive. Not all all wheel drive systems are
created equal. Click here to see it in action.
The BRZ, a rear wheel drive sports car, is the only Subaru model without all wheel drive.
Does all wheel drive hurt fuel economy?
but just a tiny bit. Before 1997, when some Subaru's were available
with front wheel drive, the all wheel drive models were rated one mile
less per gallon. The all wheel drive hardware only adds about 150
pounds, so having all wheel drive is like having another person in your
car. But what a guy! If you could have an extra "passenger" that kept
you a lot safer under virtually every driving condition, you would want
him with you all the time! Make your next car a Stanley Subaru and
you'll have a guardian angel riding shotgun.
Subaru's are getting bigger in terms of size and cargo room, does that hurt fuel economy?
As Subaru's are getting bigger, their fuel efficiency is actually improving
because of advances in engine and transmission technology. Also, Subaru is now using even more high
strength steel so the cars can get bigger without getting heavier.
When will Subaru build a hybrid?
We have the Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid! It is a mild
hybrid, more like Honda's Integrated Motor Assist than Toyota's Synergy
drive. A 10-watt electric motor, powered by a lithium-ion battery pack,
will sit between a 2.0 liter turbocharged boxer engine and Subaru's
Lineartronic continuously variable transmission. To learn more, click here.
What is a Subaru boxer engine and how is it different than a mortal car?
most cars built now, the cylinders that generate power are arranged
like wine bottles standing straight up. This is an "in-line"
configuration. In a "V6" or a "V8," the cylinders are arranged at an
angle, like tilted wine bottles in the shape of a V. In a Subaru BOXER engine , the cylinders lie flat. When the engine is on, the pistons
moving inside the cylinders pass each other like arms of sparring
boxers, hence the name. Only Porsche and Subaru use a BOXER engine, and
they choose it for its ability to generate a lot of power from a small,
light package that can be mounted low in the vehicle for great
The horizontally-opposed configuration of the SUBARU BOXER engine places
the pistons 180 degrees apart, for a lower, flatter profile than other
engine types. This gives the engine, and the overall vehicle, a lower
center of gravity and better balance. Further, the pistons' opposing
movements counteract each other, naturally helping to reduce vibration.
This year, a new generation of engines delivers enhanced output,
efficiency and emissions whilst sharing all the legendary benefits of
the 11 million SUBARU BOXER engines already produced.(see more detail at
http://www.fhi.co.jp/english/news/press/2010/10_09_23e.html) for a short video, Click here.