Subaru is known for making some of the best and cheapest four-wheel drive cars. The brand has an excellent reputation for reliability, durability and capability, in part due to its Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. You’ll be surprised to learn that not all Subaru models come standard with AWD. One car does not offer it at all.
Which Subarus has four-wheel drive?
All but one of Subaru cars come standard with a symmetrical four-wheel drive system. All Subaru crossovers and SUVs run on AWD, as do most sedans and performance cars. You will find four-wheel drive on these models:
- cross trek
- Solterra (future vehicle)
And the odd one out?
The Subaru BRZ does not have four-wheel drive
Subaru’s one and only coupe is also the one and only car in its entire range that doesn’t offer AWD. The 2022 Subaru BRZ comes standard with a rear-wheel drive system that is still plenty capable and a lot of fun.
Are there any Subaru BRZ AWD? Why does this coupe not offer four-wheel drive? Will that change in the future? All big questions – the answer to the first is: no. No BRZ trim level is available with anything other than rear-wheel drive. The answers to the other questions are a bit more difficult.
The BRZ does not offer four-wheel drive because this model was developed together with two other cars: the Toyota 86 and the Scion FR-S. Since the coupe was not really a Subaru car, some compromises had to be made. Whether Subaru will ever give its BRZ coupe the gift of AWD, that’s the bet.
But it’s still a really fun car to drive and meets Subaru’s quality standards. And even without four-wheel drive, the 2022 Subaru BRZ could still receive an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.
Want to know more about this cool coupe? See a history of the Subaru BRZ.
Does Subaru have the best AWD?
Not all AWD systems are created equal. While it’s hard to pinpoint a clear winner over competitors, Subaru’s all-wheel drive system is one of the best in the business.
All of Subaru’s powertrains are called “Symmetrical AWD,” but a few different flavors are available. There is the “Viscous Center Differential (VCD)” four-wheel drive system, as well as Active Torque Split (ATS), Variable Torque Distribution (VTD), and Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) systems.
While there have been some Subaru AWD issues over the years, Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is widely regarded as the most reliable and capable system.
Subaru’s four-wheel drive explained
Unlike some other AWD or 4WD systems, Subaru’s all-wheel drive is always engaged. That means you never have to worry about turning AWD on or off in your Subaru Forester, Outback, WRX or Impreza.
According to SubaruThe company’s all-wheel drive system is designed for “optimum balance and even power distribution, so you can count on maximum traction, exceptional stability and impressive efficiency.”
Watch the video above to see exactly how Subaru’s AWD systems work.
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