Subaru has over 40 years of experience with All-Wheel Drive systems, and much of the country is entering the inclement weather season, so it’s a good opportunity to gain knowledge of Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and understand its advantages.

Subaru vehicles (except BRZ) provide traction to all four wheels all of the time, sending engine power to the wheel or wheels with the best grip. Because Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive operates at all speeds, Subaru vehicles can provide a significant advantage over two-wheel drive vehicles and even other competitor’s traction systems.

To many shoppers and customers, all All-Wheel Drive systems appear to be the same. But, how do Subaru vehicles perform against the competition equipped with all-wheel drive? Subaru has created a video that demonstrates the capabilities of the different Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive systems compared to key competitors equipped with either all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive systems.

Watch how Subaru AWD performs against the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Fusion, NIssan Rogue and Kia Sportage.


    • scorpiomaj27

      When do you go up against Lexus?

      about 21 day ago
    • Sam McWethy
      Sam McWethy

      Over half of the people in the comments are clueless about the difference between 4WD and AWD

      about 1 month ago
    • Phil Gudet
      Phil Gudet

      Now try SH AWD

      about 3 months ago
    • boostedmaniac

      They should put the Jeep in 4wd high or low to lock the center diff, instead of using regular full time. There’s so many different versions of Jeep 4wd too some of which can send power to any wheel similar to Subaru.

      about 3 months ago
    • Google User
      Google User

      Jeep clearly as the best AWD system on the market.
      Unlike the Subaru, Jeeps AWD system can be adjusted by the driver for front bias, rear bias, 50\50, or simply allow the computer to determine what is best.
      Also, vehicle WEIGHT is a huge determining factor in how well
      any vehicle does on the roller scam.
      Physics dictates that all else being equal, the lightest vehicle
      will always win.
      Truth in advertising???
      Not here

      about 6 months ago
    • Samuel Lavoie
      Samuel Lavoie In reply to Google User

      @Freddy McIntire its a pub, youre blind or maybe stupid or paid by subaru i dont know, but i own one basic model and can drive with one wheel with traction, check some independent diagonal test, subaru is the slowest system to transfer from wheel to another wheel

      about 3 months ago
    • hoffbd1

      Amazing that the Jeep couldn't put any power to the rear axle. Was it really in 4x4? By definition the same trans out speed is sent to both axles in 4x4. Maybe the Jeep isn't a true 4x4? As for the Subaru, it does well in this test but it should be pointed out that this system is very inefficient. Braking the high speed tire to transfer torque to the low speed tire works but at a high cost to efficiency and brake wear. A MUCH better system would be to have computer controlled locking differentials. I suppose that might add cost though and the time when this is needed in most Subaru operations is probably a fraction of a percent. Probably a good compromise.

      about 6 months ago
    • luisinhoens90
      luisinhoens90 In reply to hoffbd1

      This is a real Jeep, however they tested the cheapest 4WD they have available: Quadra Trac I. It still sounds fishy somehow. Just leave it in 2WD and it should've climbed easily, it's a RWD biased vehicle after all.
      Just out a Quadra Trac II or Quadra Drive powered Jeep and it should put a better fight

      about 4 months ago
    • Dave Smith
      Dave Smith

      Go to 56 sec and see the truth

      about 9 months ago
    • Trey K
      Trey K

      No for Escape??

      about 11 months ago
    • Donald J. Trump
      Donald J. Trump

      3:39 oh no

      about 11 months ago
    • jason truong
      jason truong

      Subaru is the best awd, just a Lil behind sh awd.

      about 1 year ago
    • Walter Landaverde
      Walter Landaverde

      Best AWD is Subaru and than Quattro

      about 1 year ago
    • Asphalt8ficionado

      ummm... a fusion against SUV???

      about 1 year ago
    • MrZedblade

      I just bought a Subaru - but for God's sake on these other cars just turn on the center diff lock and they'll all climb up that ramp like it's nothing. Subaru doesn't have or need a center diff lock button. It's reasonable to argue that is objectively better.. But, really, pushing a button to get more traction in the rare case you actually find yourself in this scenario is not that big of a deal.

      about 1 year ago
    • Wigglythegreat2

      The test doesn't say what mode some of these vehicles were in for the test. 4x4 lock or other mode. Also when tires spinning and you are stuck sometimes it's better to turn off traction control and lock into 4x4 mode to get moving.

      about 1 year ago
    • gerryzub

      Bias much? Where is the Audi in this review?

      about 1 year ago
    • alexander Constantine
      alexander Constantine

      I wanna see the same test on the other subaru models

      about 1 year ago
    • alexander Constantine
      alexander Constantine

      so,look at 5.30 ford fusion fails ,all subaru are doing good but anyone noticed that the same test was repeated on a SUV then onthe high spec wrx just an opinion sorry for my english

      about 1 year ago
    • Mr. Ash
      Mr. Ash

      Audi can... And SH AWD

      about 1 year ago
    • Hadouken Hadouken
      Hadouken Hadouken

      This demonstration is flawed as it only benefits Subaru. On the Kia you have the option to toggle "Lock" AWD on and off and turn on or off traction control. I'm sure the other manufacturers have similar if not options they weren't utilize. False video Subaru you owe the other manufacturers an apology and should be sue for defamation.

      about 1 year ago
    • Pablo Moreno
      Pablo Moreno

      Something was definitely wrong with that jeep, but what really gets me is how the ford was climbing slowly during the side to side test and then suddenly started rolling backwards, either the driver stopped accelerating or the awd said i can't be bothered to do this exercise

      about 1 year ago
    • fabedupunx

      Is there any Hyundai with AWD? Can beat Subaru or at least that poor Jeep Grand Cherokee? Who knows?

      about 1 year ago
    • Kaityn Kuang
      Kaityn Kuang

      What they DON"T tell you is that EVERY CAR they compare the Subaru to has a BETTER, more responsive, quieter, more refined powertrain than a Subaru. You are not seriously comparing a Honda powertrain as in an Acura to a Subaru are you?

      about 1 year ago
    • Sweet-Jay

      Does the regular Impreza have the same AWD?

      about 1 year ago
    • Samuel Lavoie
      Samuel Lavoie
      why in this video the QT1 perform better than this pub from subaru? why the qt1 perform better at my home?

      Maybe subaru try to forget at the world that their engine is crap and knock lol

      about 1 year ago
    • DrRyan82994

      I'd like to see tests where the jeep and kia are actually using their 4wd modes. In this kind of low traction situation, that's what you'd wanna use. It's good to know how the auto modes don't hold up, but cmon.

      about 1 year ago
    • Matthew Gibson
      Matthew Gibson

      Ok I can for sure say this test is shit, I personally own a 2014 jeep grand cherokee laredo. I have gotten myself in many sticky situations that call for a fully capable 4wd system. My jeep would look at this test and laugh and completely annihilate every car here. Also the jeeps 4wd system is a rear bias 4wd system ( meaing rear wheel need to slip before the front wheels do ). How can the front wheels spin freely when the rear wheels are sationary. This test is completely biased towards subaru! Not that subaru is a bad car...but subaru is trying to trash the name of JEEP the most off road capable car maker in the world. You would think jeep would know what they where doing when it comes to a 4wd system. My rant is now finished.

      about 2 years ago
    • Chance Salyer
      Chance Salyer

      The Grand Cherokee would have made it, if they didn't turn the damn traction control off because that's how Quadra trac 1 works is by braking the spinning wheels so it will send power to the wheels with traction.

      about 2 years ago
    • D Storm
      D Storm

      Instead of any simulation, a more valid test would be up an incline in snow.

      about 2 years ago
    • Samuel Lavoie
      Samuel Lavoie

      i understand but i think its a fake pub from subaru. because i have removed many times the drive shaft on many awd model. and all was moving with only the front wheel without delay or loss of power. in this and many more video made by subaru many cant move with front or rear wheel on "ice" like old awd in 70-80. in 2015 all system transfer from front to rear. but not all from side to side.

      about 2 years ago
    • Travis Hurd
      Travis Hurd

      here is a little secret they dont tell you, i bought the base model 2014 subaru forester, 6 speed manual, they cheaped out on the base models because they are open diff AWD is stead of limited slip diff AWD, my forester gets stuck in 4in of snow and the diff upgrades are 800$ a diff

      about 2 years ago