How do Subaru vehicles handle muddy roads? March 20, 2021, is the first day of spring, and mud season has officially arrived. The snow begins to melt, and that leaves deep mud on some backroads. A new report from Digital Trends ranks the best small SUVs for off-road use, and the Jeep Wrangler is the best overall.
What if you want something more civilized for commuting during the week and something for the weekend adventure? The 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek’s new feature could be the difference between getting stuck and needing a tow truck or making it out safely.
Another new report lists the Jeep Compass, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Subaru Forester, Mitsubishi Outlander, GMC Terrain, Toyota RAV4, Kia Sportage, Chevrolet Blazer, and Honda Passport as the ten best small SUVs for a weekend adventure. But the Subaru Forester, along with Outback, and Crosstrek comes with dual function X-Mode that sets them apart.
Subaru Corporation developed a new setting for the three SUVs specifically for deep mud. The 2021 Forester Sport, 2021 Outback XT, and 2021 Crosstrek Sport and Limited all feature a new dual-function X-Mode with a deep mud mode.
The Japanese automaker designed the new dual-function X-Mode for getting owners further away. Regular X-Mode can be used in everyday commuting, especially in wet, icy, and deep snow in the spring. Denver just had two feet of the wet white stuff.
When do you use dual function X-Mode?
You can use regular X-Mode in any conditions where you need more traction. Subaru developed dual-function X-Mode in 2021 Forester Sport, Outback XT, and Crosstrek Sport and Limited, which allows you to dial in the right amount of traction for whatever conditions you encounter, deep mud on backroads this spring.
New Dual-function X-Mode has two settings, Snow/Dirt Mode and Deep Snow/Deep Mud Mode. In ice, snow, and wet conditions, Snow/Dirt Mode simultaneously controls engine output and throttle response to minimize wheel spin and alters the vehicle’s Symmetrical all-wheel-drive torque split to direct power to the wheels that need the most grip.
Selecting Snow/Dirt Mode also engages the Hill Descent Control feature. Hill Descent Control keeps the Forester, Outback, and Crosstrek at a slow, even pace without applying the brake, allowing the driver to focus on steering, not braking. The setting is ideal on slick, heavy wet, snowy roads when heading downhill.
Deep Snow/Deep Mud Mode
In deep mud, you want wheel spin to help get you out of a dicey situation. When faced with deep mud or snow conditions, selecting this mode allows some wheel spin, when needed, to prevent the vehicle from becoming stuck. When you get off-road, you can encounter deep mud on the trail. This setting will get you to your destination safely.
If you are like many outdoor enthusiasts, you can’t wait to get away from the city after the long winter. As the snow melts this spring, the 2021 Subaru Forester Sport, 2021 Outback XT, and 2021 Crosstrek Sport and Limited trims will get you through muddy roads with the new dual-function X-Mode.
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