In FWD and RWD drivetrains that do not power all four wheels in the way that AWD does, excessive loads can be applied to the driving wheels. Lateral forces then come into play when cornering, and a lack of traction can cause the vehicle to abruptly change direction towards the outer side of the driving wheels. On the other hand, AWD systems distribute power between all four tyres in a balanced manner. This creates the most neutral handling possible, as there is no loss of grip in the direction that the vehicle is travelling, even if the vehicle is cornering. If one wheel starts to lose traction on slippery road surfaces, the other three driving wheels can provide the required traction to compensate. Compared to FWD and RWD systems, there is a much greater level of traction, and therefore safety. At the same power levels, acceleration is also so much better when there are four drive wheels rather than two.
Complementing this is the Symmetrical AWD that is only available from Subaru, allowing the entire system to be mounted lower in the vehicle. A low centre of gravity is directly related to more stable vehicle behaviour when cornering. These Symmetrical AWD characteristics ensure more stable driving under a range of different driving conditions, letting the driver drive with greater peace of mind. This unique layout is simply miles ahead of others in terms of on-road stability, whether that be on local streets or the expressway, or varying levels of rough terrain. “The driver no longer needs to worry too much about driving, and does not become tired so easily”. This is also an important safety aspect for preventing accidents before they happen.