Even more than driving performance, Subaru cars have an excellent reputation for safety. We’ve considered every aspect to engineer a safer car. First we help you avoid a collision with cutting-edge devices and improved performance. So the car reacts exactly as the driver intends – through rain, snow and rough roads. Then the highest build standards make sure the driver and passengers are well protected.
The horizontally opposed Subaru Boxer engine gets its name from the way that the pistons move. The pistons move horizontally, in a side-to-side manner like two boxers punching. This unique design to Subaru and certain Porsche models creates a lower centre of gravity, perfect symmetrical balance, better handling and a more efficient AWD system.
The horizontal design of the Subaru Boxer engine is more than just good looks under the hood. The nearly perfectly symmetrical engine sits flat and low to the ground. This creates superb handling around tight corners, better balance and makes for a safer vehicle. Typical inline and V-shaped engines don't have a perfectly balanced design, which reduces efficiency and safety.
No one expect an accident to occur, but if it does let Subaru protect you and your family. In the event of an accident, the Subaru Boxer engine disconnects and slides underneath the vehicle, away from the driver and passengers. A safety concern of typical V-shaped engines is engine penetration inside the vehicle, which can cause injury and death. The safe engine design is what makes a Subaru a Subaru.
A Subaru is engineered to deliver the best possible traction and stability through its AWD, with its engine and drivetrain in a symmetrical, straight-line layout. Power is routed to all four wheels simply and directly, for perfect balance and ultimate driver control. Excellent road adhesion gives acceleration an immediate and exhilarating feel. Symmetry enhances the Subaru’s handling to be more stable and responsive during cornering, imparting a unique feeling of control in any situation.
The more your tyres are engaging the road, the greater control, security and connection you have. Power is routed to all four wheels all the time, maximising handling and traction.
In bad weather, or in the precious seconds it take to react to a sudden situation, the symmetrical drivetrain with almost total side-to-side balance provides the stability, agility and traction that help you step around danger.