It's that special time of year again. With winter fast approaching, it's only a matter of time before we're hit with that first batch of snow. And with that snow come headaches, especially as we try to navigate the roads.
If you're in the market for a new vehicle that handles well in the snow, look no further than Subaru. Whether it's a Forester, Crosstrek, Outback, or any of the Subaru lines, you will do no wrong going with this make. And we have the main points to back up that claim.
Subaru's AWD System
Subaru's all-wheel drive systems are not built like others. Whereas other AWD systems are designed to switch from front-wheel to all-wheel drive at times of slippage, Subarus are intended to be in all-wheel drive all the time.
In addition to having just about equal power to the front and rear, Subaru's AWD system is also symmetrical. This means that the drivetrain is entirely identical throughout its design. This helps to provide a well-balanced driving experience in all kinds of weather.
The only model you'll want to steer clear of is the BRZ. While a blast to drive around during the summer and on dry surfaces, this rear-wheel drive sports car is best kept in the garage during the winter months.
More Room for Bigger Snow Tires
When it comes to driving in the snow, the kind of tires you use can make a world of difference. Unfortunately, some of the best-performing snow tires can be bigger than your vehicle can reasonably fit.
Luckily, current-model Subarus are built to provide more room for bigger tires. This can help ease your mind as you make your way through slippery conditions.
Better Ground Clearance
The majority of Subaru's lineup can proudly claim a ground clearance of 8.7 inches. By comparison, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has 8.6 inches. Sure, ground clearance may not be the biggest priority when deciding on a snow-friendly vehicle. But it helps to know that the underside of your vehicle will be less likely to be damaged by any hidden objects in the snow.
You'll also have a lower chance of high centering, which is when your vehicle gets stranded with all wheels off the ground. Not only does a Subaru's high clearance help in this regard, but its axles actually shift upward into the rear differential. This differs from other vehicles whose axles don't shift in relation to the wheels. This feature helps Subarus avoid snow and other objects getting stuck in the axle, which can ultimately lead to loss of traction or high centering.
An Added Bonus of the CVT Transmission
A nice additional feature of Subaru's CVT transmission is the X-Mode. This off-road assistance system comes standard on most current-model Outbacks, Foresters, Imprezas, Legacies, and Crosstreks.
X-Mode coordinates the AWD system, the CVT, the ABS, the throttle, and the traction control system to deliver the best control possible during low-speed, snowy conditions. It especially comes in handy when traveling up slippery inclines.
Limited Slip = More Grip
Another component you'll want to consider is getting a Subaru with a limited-slip rear differential. It's like an open differential, except in moments where traction is lost. In a limited-slip differential, less torque is applied to a wheel the second it loses traction with the road. This causes the wheel to spin less and allows it to regain traction.
Tight Turning Radius and Narrow Wheelbase
Compared to other makes, the Subaru's turning radius is phenomenal. Couple this with a narrower wheelbase, and you're more likely to get through narrower spaces when compared to other vehicles. The path ahead may not be the best bet when it comes to snow. A Subaru allows you to turn around in the most questionable of situations.
And there you have it, folks. When it comes to driving in the snow, Subaru is the way to go. From all of us at Aposhian, be safe as you hit the roads this winter.
When using Aposhian Garage, you have not only had your Subaru properly maintained, but you have also found your Subaru repair “home.”
We look forward to getting to know you and your vehicle!