The new 2021 Subaru lineup was designed with both safety and capability top-of-mind. That's why the overwhelming majority of new Subaru models you'll see on Santa Cruz and Capitola streets come standard with signature Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. But which vehicles are Subaru AWD models? Learn more about all of the Subaru models standard with AWD and what exactly Subaru AWD has on competitive AWD systems below with Santa Cruz Subaru!

Subaru AWD Models

"Are all Subaru's AWD?" This is a question that we get fairly often here at Santa Cruz Subaru from our Scotts Valley and Watsonville area customers. The answer is that almost all Subaru models offer standard Subaru Symmetrical AWD, with the notable exception of the BRZ sports coupe. What does that mean? It means that unless you're looking at buying or leasing a Subaru BRZ, yes, your next Subaru Forster, Outback, Crosstrek, or any other Subaru model will come standard with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive for increased assurance and confidence on your every Aptos adventure or Monterey commute.

What is Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive?

Subaru Symmetrical AWD is a proprietary Subaru intelligent all-wheel-drive system that comes standard on all new models except the BRZ. This unique AWD system allows for greater control and a quick traction-improving response when conditions get bad on Capitola or Santa Cruz streets. Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive is distinct from other AWD systems by:

  • Sending power created by the engine directly into the Subaru AWD system, then to all four wheels. (Other AWD systems reroute power through other drivetrain components, reducing response time and increasing cost).

  • The way Subaru Symmetrical AWD is designed, it requires less power loss than standard systems, which creates a smoother overall driving experience.

  • The Subaru AWD system routes power to each of the four wheels independently. If one wheel loses traction, an additional force can be applied to others to compensate for the difference.

Experience Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive at Santa Cruz Subaru

Looking to experience Subaru Symmetrical AWD for yourself on the roads of Aptos or Watsonville? Head to Santa Cruz Subaru whenever safest and most convenient for you to take a test-drive in any new AWD-equipped Subaru, the BRZ notwithstanding. Ready to take home a new Subaru? We can help! Browse our current incentives to save more on your next Subaru purchase or lease in Capitola, then get pre-approved for financing online!